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How to Have a Great Vacation

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This Is How To Have A Great Vacation: 6 Secrets Backed By Research. Plan for everything, then be flexible and have fun!
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When Grave Robbers Hold Famous Corpses for Ransom. Even death can't protect some folks from kidnapping.
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Even in the 1700s, Book Clubs Were Really About Drinking and Socializing. Books gave them an excuse to party, and some members even read them.
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Meet the dogs with OCD. Studying obsessive–compulsive disorder in canines could help us with a human treatment.
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See 26 things that will make you feel incredibly old. I'm sure you'll relate to at least a couple of them.
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We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best. A few recommendations for your Fourth of July picnic.
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The ghostly loneliness of Greece's roadside shrines. Each one represents lives lost in traffic accidents.
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How Do Solar Panels Work? An animated graphic makes it seem less magic, but still a miracle.

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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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