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A Reading List for Twentysomethings

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65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s. I've read a few of these, but most weren't written until I was way past my twenties.
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26 coffee mugs for your inner nerd. For the office, you've got to have a cup that's distinctly yours.  
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10 vintage how-to tutorials for perfect etiquette. Educational films from the '40s and '50s showed us what was expected, even if it wasn't what was done.
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The mother in How I Met Your Mother was finally revealed last night. After eight years, the story is about to get going now.
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Ten Reasons Why Time Travel is No Good. I feel much better about not being able to do it now.
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How to Reinvent College. You shouldn't have to pay so much to get so little return on your education.
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A new umbrella has been developed to make it easier to text in the rain. Meanwhile, talking on a phone only takes one hand.
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Orbiting Earth at 17,239 Miles Per Hour: Amazing Scenes from the International Space Station.
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Should Cleveland destroy Ariel Castro's house? They'll never find anyone who wants to ever live in it again.

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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Babies Through Windows
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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows. And why we don't want the custom to die out.

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When London Bridge Moved … to Arizona? The entire stone bridge was dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in the American desert.

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The Tom and Jerry Story. Almost 80 years later, we still enjoy the cat-and-mouse game.

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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate. It could be a mistake, a matter of convenience, or the shifting earth.

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals. You'd think that someone somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next.

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery. We'll have to be ready for it if we're going to Mars.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years. In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea, and he never left.

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14 Huge Facts About Elephant Seals. They stand out even among weird marine animals.

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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