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Pierre Dieulefils via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre

Pierre Dieulefils via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Pierre Dieulefils via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned. When a bounty was set on rats, the rats multiplied exponentially.
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How Con Air Turned Nicolas Cage Into an Action Star. Twenty years ago, his understated performance changed what people saw in him.
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The Incredibly Weird Story Behind Tetris. When the creator became addicted to it, he knew he was onto something.
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Tech giants join internet advocacy groups for a day of protest to save net neutrality. It looks like we're going to have to do this every few years.
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How To Fall To Your Death And Live To Tell The Tale. With stories of those who did it, and the science behind their survival.
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The Nine Scariest Things About Owning A House. The mortgage and the ghosts didn't even make the list.  
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5 Creepy As Heck Murders That Remain Unsolved To This Day. These cases are complicated, mysterious, and told in NSFW language.  
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Why Wonder Woman is the new Indiana Jones. Honor and idealism give us a refreshing break from other recent superhero shenanigans.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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