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Mythic Eclipse Monsters

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5 Mythic Eclipse Monsters Who Mess With the Sun and Moon. When the sun went out and the world didn't end, some explanation had to be found.

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Floating Fast Food: The Story of the McBarge. We're still waiting for its resurrection.

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Stephen King's 10 Most Terrifying Human Villains. They're more plausible than supernatural, and that's truly scary.

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No Dog Has Ever Wanted To Leave The Park Less Than This Dog. He's having way too much fun to go home!

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The secret to office happiness isn’t working less—it’s caring less. Just don't let the boss know.

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Pigeons of War and their Double Decker Buses. Homing pigeons taken into battle risked their lives to get back home with important communications.

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A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veterans. The National Museum of the American Indian will take submissions for its design beginning in November.

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46 State Fairs and What Makes Them Special. There's fun for the whole family, even if it's not your state.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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