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Kona's Korner

Auditions That Launched Careers

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Early Actor Auditions

Before they were stars, they had to try out for parts.

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Child Gangs Have Shut Down the Louvre

The French museum is closed because the staff is tired of being robbed.

Until the Louvre re-opens, I guess these oddball exhibits will have to do.

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Why Would You Eat That?

I love spicy foods. But I love “Hey, this has some kick to it” spicy, not “Holy lord, my lips are blistering, my tongue is numb and I’m sweating buckets” spicy. Why do people eat things that are that scorching hot?

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Inception Is Totally Happening

Scientists are figuring out how to read dreams. This seems too amazing to be real. Maybe that’s because this is all a dream. All of it. This entire life of mine. Whoa.

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Coming Clean About A Movie Travesty

The actors and crew that unleashed the film Batman & Robin into the world in 1997 explain what they were thinking.

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How Potatoes Get Chipped

This video from inside a potato chip factory is really cool and very appetizing.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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