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.

6 of the Scariest Fictional Secret Societies

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6 of the Scariest Fictional Secret Societies. We've seen the movies, and we are just glad that they are fictional.

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The 6 Most Epically Pointless Arguments on Wikipedia. No detail is too small or obscure to fight about.

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Try an Online Artificial Intelligence Image Generator. Enter some text, and let an algorithm present its best guess for you.

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Half-Hanged Maggie and Other Survivors of the Gallows. Eight people who refused to die by hanging.

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Two Billion Years Ago, Andromeda Ate the Milky Way’s Sibling. It may have left some remains as a much smaller galaxy.

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European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Up. They assumed that the New World couldn't be that different from what they'd seen at home.

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How to be Happier. Notes from a Yale University course on happiness.

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15 Blissfully Cool Facts About Ice. Just reading about it may cool you down a little.

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time

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19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

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Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

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A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

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Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense.

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Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

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How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us.

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The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

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15 Must-Try Peach Dishes from Around the Country. Better get started if you want to try them all at the peak of the season.

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