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The Birth of Tater Tots

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The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest. What was once cattle feed became an American classic.

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A Short History of Fire Marks, The World’s Hottest Insurance-Related Antiques. They designated which private fire brigade might respond to your burning building.

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Jack Kirby: Comics' Greatest Storyteller. He helped to elevate comic books from child's play to real entertainment.

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The Day van Gogh Cut Off His Ear. Read Paul Gauguin's account of that night and the aftermath.

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What Would Aliens Look Like? Four scientists tell what they expect from real extraterrestrial life.

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11 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to School. One even made a middle-schooler wealthy.

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Why I Miss Antenna TV. With only a couple of channels, you never felt you were missing out.

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11 Gross Things That Could Be On Your Toothbrush. Disinfect that thing—or better yet, replace it.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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