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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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How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler?
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20th Century Fox

How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler? With the addition of lightsabers!

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The Mysterious Origins of the First Scandinavians. The tools they left behind suggested that migration may have come from two directions.

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When Quackery on the Radio Was a Public Health Crisis. From magic bracelets to goat gonad transplants, medical marketers got rich.

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Found: The Real Bullitt Mustang That Steve McQueen Tried (and Failed) to Buy. The '69 sports car had been in private hands since after the movie wrapped.

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When Did People Start Making Bread? A short history of the staple that feeds the world.

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How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations. First off, pretend you're a man.

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The Skillet. Susannah Nesmith beautifully chronicles the legacy of her great-great-grandmother's iron cookware.

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12 Cultured Facts About the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Knowing these will enhance your visit, whenever that happens.

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Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta
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Universal Pictures

Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta. A perfect ending to the first great movie trilogy.

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It Wasn't Easy Being Green for These Mysterious Children in 12th-Century England. The village of Woolpit has never been the same since.

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The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos. If you had an email address in the late 1990s, you probably received a video file titled “badday.mpg” at least once.

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The Contentious Burial of Bo-Bo, the Blenheim Spaniel of Civil War Hero General Daniel E. Sickles. His relatives didn't want the beloved dog interred in the family plot.

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Here's Why Your Body Stores More Fat in Certain Places. Hormones do it, but in an insanely complicated manner.

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Butterfly Breeder Romy McCloskey Saw One Emerge from its Chrysalis with a Torn Wing. So she got her tools together and performed a wing transplant.

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How to Get Your Procrastination Under Control. It's a matter of valuing the things you need to do.

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19 Times That Actors Have Been Injured On Set. Some of the scenes were then included in the finished film.

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