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Why Americans Are So Crazy About the Flag. It's a symbol that brings us together.

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Five Awesome American Flag Scenes in Movies. These video clips will get U.S. residents' patriotic juices flowing for the holiday.

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A glimpse at how America celebrated the Bicentennial back in ’76. The entire country was decked in red, white, and blue.

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How Independence Day Defined Modern Summer Movies. Read the story of how the 1996 movie came about.

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Some Of The Strangest Products Endorsed By Famous Musicians. When the money is right, familiar names will follow.

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Disney is unveiling a mini-series of animated episodes called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny to be shown on the Disney Channel and on YouTube. The first episode, "Sands of Jakku," shows how Rey is Force-sensitive even before she falls in with the Skywalker gang.

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A League of Their Own Is an All-Time Great Sports Film. But sportswriters don't think to rank it among baseball films because it's about women.

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The Names of 10 Fireworks Effects. Show off your new vocabulary to impress others at the light show tonight!

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How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists
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True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

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At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

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Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

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The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich.

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A New Model Predicts That the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant. That model assumes adequate resources from an abundant Earth.

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New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

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15 of History's Greatest Mad Scientists. How being downright insane can lead to thinking outside the box.

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5 Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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