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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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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar term carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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