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The Best and Worst Smiles. A recent study concludes "There is not a single path to a successful smile."

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Everything We Know About Season 8 of The Walking Dead. We don't know who will die, but there are a few characters who definitely won't.

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The Black Death May Have Had a Surprising Effect on the Environment. According to information gleaned from ice cores, the five-year plague coincides with a sudden drop in lead in the air.

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The Story Behind the Duct-Taped Gamer. The guys who were at that LAN party in 2002 tell how they attached Drew Purvis to the ceiling and captured a long-lasting viral image.

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Situation comedies sometimes feature ridiculous recipes that are good for a laugh, but how do they taste in the real world? Loryn Stone prepared some of the most egregious joke foods found on TV, and ate them.

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Some 3000 years ago, the people of what is now Oxfordshire, England, carved a pictogram of a horse on a hillside made of chalk. All these years later, no one knows exactly why the Uffington White Horse was carved, but they still maintain it as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.

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How to go back to grad school without going broke. Oh, you'll still be broke, but these tips might keep you from sinking further into debt.

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Life Before Air Conditioning. Architectural details and social customs helped us deal with the heat.

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd

Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

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Ways Airlines Purposely Make Flying Miserable. They make more money from calculated misery.

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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If There Were a Kind of a Fireman's Pole from the Moon Down to the Earth, How Long Would it Take to Slide All the Way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. 

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Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

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Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

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Steven Spielberg's Original Plan for Jaws 2. His idea would still make a good movie.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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