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When Literacy was Dangerous

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Read a Book, Gamble With Your Life. Literacy is power, and many times in history, that power was controlled rigidly.

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Why Is the Speed of Light So Slow? "Slow" is a relative term (as Einstein would tell you), but physicists know what slow means in astronomical terms.

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Why Your Baby Doesn't Sleep Through The Night. Babies wake up during the night because they are hungry/wet/lonely, and because it's natural for them.

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The Persistence of Prog Rock. Critics called it pretentious, you couldn't dance to it, but we loved the music anyway.

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The Fiberglass Statue Graveyard of Sparta. Where bygone advertising mascots, both familiar and unfamiliar, are retired.

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And now, the Bikini Bobbers of the Summer of 1961. It looks like fun—and a liability nightmare.

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How American real estate went bananas. A place to live is too expensive for the majority of Americans, and the few are snapping them up.

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10 Gigantic Facts About Moose. The largest members of the deer family are powerful, but face threats from all sides.

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5 Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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