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A Share of the Empire State Building

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82 years after the skyscraper was completed, the Empire State Building may go public. The owner plans to sell shares in a group of 19 properties, which includes the historic landmark.  
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Inner child vs. outer adult: The A.V. Club's conflicted guide to the summer movie season. The movies will be like they are every summer, but we'll still go watch them.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been assigned the premiere defense lawyer for cases like his. Judy Clarke saved the Unabomber, Jared Loughner, and Susan Smith all from execution.
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Imagine your job is to pave a highway through the Himalayan Mountains, with no equipment besides trucks and shovels. Now see the guys who do it.
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The weird world of amateur YouTube moon videos. Backyard astronomers and lunatics fill a strange niche you didn't even know existed.
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Even the worst joke can get new life when you illustrate and animate your drunk wife's telling of it.
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Remember the guy who lost his life savings in a carnival game? College Humor turned his story into a promotion and will buy his giant dreadlocked banana for $2,600.
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18 Hilariously Polite Warning Signs. Guaranteed to get your attention better than the usual terse announcements.
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How much maternity and paternity leave should employees get? Anything would be a step up from the days when women were automatically fired for getting pregnant.

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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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