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The Most Identical Twins

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Parisian twins Monette and Mady have spent their lives embracing their shared appearance, dressing exactly alike every day of their adulthood. The results are unsettling, to say the least.

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According to a recent Reader’s Digest poll, the most trusted figures in America include Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Noam Chomsky, and Peyton Manning – a fairly diverse list, but heavy on Hollywood fixtures like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Denzel Washington. It raises the question: are actors really the trustworthiest people we know, or are they just good at faking it?

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When parents text, hilarity ensues.

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Steven Soderbergh, director of the Ocean’s Trilogy, Erin Brokovich, and Magic Mike, retired from filmmaking this year. His latest venture is a novella entitled GLUE, published in 140-character snippets on his Twitter feed. He’s up to Chapter 14 so far.

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Late comedian George Carlin’s love letters to his wife, Sally Wade, are as clever and colorful as his stand-up act was.

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What does a sine wave look like? MFA candidate Daniel Sierra’s animated experiment “Oscillate” explores the connection between sight and sound in a video reminiscent of Windows Media Player’s visualizations, but better.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is scheduled for the end of this month, and though only students under age 16 are eligible to compete in the annual competition, Oxford Dictionaries Online have an online spelling challenge suitable for more mature language wranglers. The three difficulty levels are Tricky, Difficult, and Fiendish, but don’t let those tweens show you up!

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Wrigley’s has abruptly pulled its new caffeinated Alert Energy Gum from the shelves, in the wake of FDA concerns about the proliferation of caffeine in the food industry, but until the day coffee stops working, the tired masses will always find a way to get their fix.

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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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