The Doctor's Regenerations

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Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI

A History of Doctor Who's Weird, Wonderful, and Very Awkward Doctor Replacements. It will happen once again this Christmas.

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The Mischievous ‘Ghost Hoaxers’ of 19th-Century Australia. The fad was often just for fun, but was sometimes a cover for criminal activity.

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The Deadliest Natural Disaster in U.S. History. The 1900 hurricane left over 6,000 dead in Galveston.

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Lost Boy, The Peter Pan Prequel That Tells Captain Hook's Side of the Story. According to this book, the pirate was once a lot like Peter.

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The winners have been crowned in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, held by the English Department of San Jose State University. The contest seeks to find the very worst opening sentence for a novel, although the novel itself doesn't exist.

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The facts behind the first human embryo to be edited by CRISPR. A mutant gene that leads to heart disease was successfully removed.

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America's Giant Fighting Robot Is Finally Here. Two years after the initial challenge, MegaBots Inc. unveiled the robot that will fight Japan's champion robot.

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12 Seductive Facts About The Graduate. The 1967 film ushered in a new era in Hollywood.

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time

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MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

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Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

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A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

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Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense.

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Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

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How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us.

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The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

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15 Must-Try Peach Dishes from Around the Country. Better get started if you want to try them all at the peak of the season.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

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Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun. The spacecraft is designed to withstand 2500-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

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In the 1960s, the U.S. Government Set Off a Pair of Nukes Under Mississippi. The first underground tests were a strange experience for those living above it.

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Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes). For some species, looks can mean the difference between becoming a daddy and becoming dinner.

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Pizza Delivery Man Plays Beethoven for Customers. Let's hope he got a generous tip.

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For Sale: Your Under the Tuscan Sun Fixer-Upper Awaits. A look inside the ruins of an abandoned Italian villa you could purchase.

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What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? Aaron Alon gradually applies consistent pronunciation to vowels until it doesn't sound like English at all.

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The 60 Greatest Capes in Movie History. In no way limited to superheroes, they have graced the shoulders of cinemas's most amazing characters.

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14 Antique Roller Coasters You Can Still Ride. Some are over 100 years old!

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