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

Llama Lovin’

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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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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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