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The Best and Worst Smiles

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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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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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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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