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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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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw
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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

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How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

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Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

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The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie. See them all play out this weekend as Solo opens in theaters.

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Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

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24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

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Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

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19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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