Fascinating State Gemstones

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The 7 Coolest Minerals, Rocks, and Gemstones in the U.S. Minnesota wins this one, hands down.
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Becoming Bond: How a Car Salesman Landed the Role of James Bond 007. George Lazenby had never acted before, but was offered a six-movie contract.
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The A.V. Club went to the Cannes Film Festival and tells us all about it. We'll get a chance to see the best of those movies eventually.
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5 Reasons Good Actors Make Bad Movies. Sometimes the experience is worth the bad reviews.
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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, teams of researchers are busy looking for the next deadly virus. They hope to identify the danger before it begins to travel the world.
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Senior Yearbook Quotes for 2017. A couple are NSFW, but they were published anyway.
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The curious story of how transatlantic exchange shaped Italy’s illustrious coffee culture. Yet Italians are still put off by the way Americans buy coffee.
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12 Female Poisoners Who Killed With Arsenic. They killed again and again before they were caught.

6 of the Scariest Fictional Secret Societies

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Warner Home Video

6 of the Scariest Fictional Secret Societies. We've seen the movies, and we are just glad that they are fictional.

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The 6 Most Epically Pointless Arguments on Wikipedia. No detail is too small or obscure to fight about.

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Try an Online Artificial Intelligence Image Generator. Enter some text, and let an algorithm present its best guess for you.

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Half-Hanged Maggie and Other Survivors of the Gallows. Eight people who refused to die by hanging.

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Two Billion Years Ago, Andromeda Ate the Milky Way’s Sibling. It may have left some remains as a much smaller galaxy.

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European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Up. They assumed that the New World couldn't be that different from what they'd seen at home.

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How to be Happier. Notes from a Yale University course on happiness.

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15 Blissfully Cool Facts About Ice. Just reading about it may cool you down a little.

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time

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MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

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Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

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A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

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Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense.

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Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

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How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us.

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The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

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15 Must-Try Peach Dishes from Around the Country. Better get started if you want to try them all at the peak of the season.

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