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The Psychology of Scams

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Why People Buy the Con

Fake bomb detectors, fraudulent disease diagnosing machines and Ouija boards all take advantage of the same psychological phenomenon in order to trick people.

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Oh My God This Is Really Happening!

New Arrested Development posters have been released, one for each main character. I’m starting to believe there may actually really be new shows on the way.

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A Well-Drawn Character

Kevin McShane has drawn himself in 100 different cartoon styles. Be sure to scroll down and see how many of the different looks you can identify.

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The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstore

The Grand Splendid bookstore is just that—grand and splendid. 

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Not As Beautiful

This website documents the odd assortment of tomes in the Guantanamo Bay prison library. (Via Digg)

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How They Found Them

Inside the 102-hour chase for the Tsarnaev brothers.

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Name That Meme

Find out just how much time you spend on the web by identifying the names of these internet icons.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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