The Rise (And Fall) of the Great American Motel

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The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motel. They were once unique attractions in their own right.

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The Amazing Fate of the First Stars. They burned right, died young, and left traces that affect our universe today.

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Whatever Happened to Captain Video and the DuMont Programming Library? The post contains a complete Captain Video show.

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5 Moments In History When War Looked Like A Cartoon. Some wartime innovations could appear rather silly in retrospect.

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Headbadge Hunter: Rescuing the Beautiful Branding of Long Lost Bicycles. They are metal relics of a confusing history of bike manufacturers.

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Cobra Cocktails, a Mad Scientist and his Roadside Serpentarium. The Miami Serpentarium was founded by Bill Haast, who not only handled snakes, but deliberately dosed himself with snake venom in order to build up an immunity.

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Relive 238 years of American history with these 42 movies. Many are somewhat fictionalized, but still capture the tone of the events well.

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10 Red, White, and Blue Treats for Independence Day. Since the Fourth of July isn't a "candy holiday," we need to make up for it with ice cream, fresh fruit, and other delightful dishes!

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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