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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!

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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