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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

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The time has come to pit Rogue One and The Force Awakens against each other. The two movies illustrate very different methods of storytelling.
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How Having Much Older Siblings Shapes You. You may feel like an only child, but you have more adults to lean on.
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Angels Flight: Up the Down Railroad. Los Angeles's incline railway has had its share of ups and downs over the last century.
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A Secret History of American River People. In 2014, Wes Modes and friends built a floating house, a #shantyboat made of reclaimed junk, and set off down the river to meet the folks who live and work along the riverbank.  
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The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets. When England's King Edward I encircled Scotland's Stirling Castle in 1304, his war machines were terrifying. Bonus: story contains trebuchet videos.
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Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans. The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album redone to tell the story of Star Wars: Episode IV.
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17 Rules That Nobody Talks About, But Everyone Follows. Sometimes it's courtesy, and sometimes it's just dumb human nature.
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9 Reasons to Love the Amazing Snow Monkey. They have quite an organized society, but they also have fun.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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