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The Intelligent Beaver

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Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants. They bend the environment to their will.

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Meet the Woman Behind New York’s 1800s School For Crooks. Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum worked her way up the ladder from a street peddler to New York's "Queen of Fences."

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The Fiercely Precise World of Competitive Table-Setting. Proving once again that humans will turn any activity into a contest.

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Five of the Sickest Camouflage Moments in Movies. It's that moment you don't see coming and BAM! There they are.

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Wedding DJs Describe the Worst Speeches They've Ever Heard. It's OK to have stage fright, but try to keep the stories appropriate.

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Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters. The few women superheroes are broken down by powers, names, and tokenism.

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Game of Thrones is finally taking its powerful female characters seriously. They've gone from sex objects to power players.

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5 Commonly Fixed Carnival Games. Learn how to spot whether they are.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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