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Leaving the ISS

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Commander Chris Hadfield is leaving the ISS today after five months of sending us wonderful videos, photographs, and Tweets. His farewell musical performance is a personalized version of "Space Oddity."
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World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together. Several nationalities came together to defend a castle-turned-prison against the SS.
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Why Being a Young Geek Will Make You a Cool Adult. As if anyone reading mental_floss has to be convinced.
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Green Burials are On the Rise in The U.S. This is how you reduce your carbon footprint for eternity.
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Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal. The new meme spawned on Vine shows that six-second films can be comedy gold.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a video parodying the obsession with his famous fleece jacket. As politician-made comedy videos go, this one is pretty good.
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Fascinating Photos of the Models Who Inspired Famous Artworks. This list contains some amazing likenesses and a couple of artful nudes.
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Would you sing on TV for a free tank of gas? You would if you were as good as this couple who jumped at the offer.
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The ecosystem inside you. The bacteria we all carry around in and on our bodies is important for more than just digestion.
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The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2013.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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