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Are Giraffes Lightning Rods?

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Do Giraffes Get Struck by Lightning More Than Other Animals? They do kind of look like lightning rods.

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Masabumi Hosono survived the Titanic, but not the public’s scorn. As the only Japanese aboard, he drew publicity just for getting into a lifeboat.

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How a Star Wars Superfan Scoured the Earth for Space Debris. Brandon Alinger started building his own lightsaber when he was 12, and now is the world's premiere collector of authentic Star Wars props.

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In addition to developing the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell did extensive research in aerodynamics. From 1898 to 1912, he experimented with a tetrahedral structure for kites to lessen the weight-to-surface area ratio to enable humans to fly.

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7 Everyday Experiences Other Countries Do Way Differently. In this list, "other countries" include Los Angeles and Florida.

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The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in America. Lowell Thomas was the first superstar journalist of the broadcast era.

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Is Amazon too big? After the acquisition of Whole Foods, you might wonder if there's any retail outlet they won't buy out.

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The Stories Behind 20 Famous Car Logos. There are actual reasons why those familiar symbols look the way they do.

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd

Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

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Ways Airlines Purposely Make Flying Miserable. They make more money from calculated misery.

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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If There Were a Kind of a Fireman's Pole from the Moon Down to the Earth, How Long Would it Take to Slide All the Way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. 

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Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

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Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

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Steven Spielberg's Original Plan for Jaws 2. His idea would still make a good movie.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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