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The Ubiquitous Hass Avocado

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How the Hass Avocado Conquered the World. There are other varieties of avocado, but you won't see them at most groceries.

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The Dangerous Stink of the World's Smelliest Chemical. Experiments with thioketones can cause disturbing neighborhood backlash.

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Tacopaj is the culinary love child of Sweden and Mexico. Invented in 2000, it's a cross between a taco and a quiche.

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Relative Genius. Meet the very accomplished people who were overshadowed by a family member.

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The Accidental, Slightly Controversial, but Mostly Fun History of the Super Soaker. It was a side effect of some serious engineering research.

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Nineteenth-century Manhattan was also home to pigs that roamed the streets while the human population of the city exploded. The battle against the hogs became an early example of gentrification.

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5 Horrifying Tragedies Behind Everyday Routines. The precedent that sets the standard is often lost to memory.

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Washington's secret Doomsday plans. During the Cold War, our government developed a strategy to survive Armageddon.

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Liam Neeson, World's Worst Traveler
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Liam Neeson, World's Worst Traveler. The Commuter is the latest of a long line of films in which the action star ruins transportation for everyone.

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Snow Rollers: Nature’s Winter Treat. Snow can naturally form into wheels, carpet rolls, or big boulders.

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A Former Gang Member Explains How Easy It Is to Join a Gang. It offers a sense of belonging when you don't get that at home.

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Hollywood Movies Renamed for Japanese Audiences. Some are funny, and some are better than the English title.

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Ladykillers: Murder Ballads and the Country Women Who Sang Them. The underappreciated who sang about the unacceptable eventually became hidden treasures.

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13 Quick and Easy Breakfasts to Jumpstart Your Winter Mornings. Something new will make the whole day go easier.

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11 Ways Advertisers Make Food Look Delicious. It's much more difficult than you might think.

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How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler?
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How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler? With the addition of lightsabers!

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The Mysterious Origins of the First Scandinavians. The tools they left behind suggested that migration may have come from two directions.

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When Quackery on the Radio Was a Public Health Crisis. From magic bracelets to goat gonad transplants, medical marketers got rich.

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Found: The Real Bullitt Mustang That Steve McQueen Tried (and Failed) to Buy. The '69 sports car had been in private hands since after the movie wrapped.

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When Did People Start Making Bread? A short history of the staple that feeds the world.

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How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations. First off, pretend you're a man.

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The Skillet. Susannah Nesmith beautifully chronicles the legacy of her great-great-grandmother's iron cookware.

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12 Cultured Facts About the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Knowing these will enhance your visit, whenever that happens.

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