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In the latest social experiment from the Dove Real Beauty team, women were asked to describe their own facial features to a forensic artist as he drew them. A stranger was then called in to provide a second, more objective account of the woman’s appearance, and those drawings came out drastically different. The women then viewed the two sketches of themselves side-by-side, and their reactions were unsurprisingly emotional.

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Live fast, die young: the saying holds true if you’re famous and successful, as a recent study found that successful people who were also famous, e.g. athletes and artists, tend to die sooner than their successful but less well-known counterparts in business or politics.

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The rich and famous might not just want to watch their health, but their wallets as well: these five historical spendthrifts could make anyone think twice about how much they really need that 3001st pair of shoes.

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TIME just released its 2013 list of 100 Most Influential People. This year’s covers feature rapper and record producer Jay-Z, actress and charming interviewee Jennifer Lawrence, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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The American Library Association’s list of Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2012 includes Fifty Shades of Grey, but the erotic novel was beaten out for top billing by three works of children’s literature, including the Captain Underpants series in the number one spot. So…what are kids reading these days?

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It might be a little late to pack up and take a road trip this weekend, but with this warm weather, it could be a good time to start planning a few mini-vacations to the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.

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How British is your English? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been speaking like the Queen for years and never realized it. Cheeky, innit?

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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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