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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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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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