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Jen Osborne for Colors No. 83—Happiness: A Survival Guide
Jen Osborne for Colors No. 83—Happiness: A Survival Guide

Llama Lovin’

Jen Osborne for Colors No. 83—Happiness: A Survival Guide
Jen Osborne for Colors No. 83—Happiness: A Survival Guide

Therapy dogs are so last week. The hip, new animal on the scene is the therapy llama, two of which have been employed by a Washington state rehabilitation center to provide comfort to mostly elderly residents recovering from illness.

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If the llamas aren’t enough, pictures from alpaca shearing day in Germany should do the trick.

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This Rube Goldberg machine music video for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s “Tuna Melt” spans the whole interior of a house to get from Point A to Point B. Whether or not you’re into electronica, the video is worth watching for the toast dominoes and underwater sequence alone.

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Whoever Oren is, he’s a lucky man: animator Leigh Lahav recreated the opening credits of her husband’s favorite TV shows in an impressively elaborate digital birthday card that makes the most deluxe Hallmark greeting look like scrap paper.

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The New York City Metrocard has been around for about twenty years, but its iconic blue and yellow design might be due for a makeover. Graphic designer Melanie Chernock’s vision for the Metrocard involves more fun colors and fonts for a card that’s as fashionable and functional as the city itself.

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Fun Fact Fox serves up similar content to the Amazing Fact Generator, but from the perspective of a furry friend (or foe, depending on your local wildlife situation).

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How much food can a fiver buy? Depends what (beer, coffee beans, Big Macs) and where (India, France, USA).

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In this series of photos, Slovenian psychologist and amateur photographer Matej Peljhan helps a boy with muscular dystrophy climb, jump, play, and dance.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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