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Tornadoes from Above

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Satellites bring us images and video of the Oklahoma tornados as seen from space. It looks violent even from that distance.
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Yes, we can build tornado-proof homes. However, they are extremely expensive and rather ugly.
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Surprising Early, Alternate Versions of Iconic Movie Posters. What didn't make the cut gives us a glimpse into the creative process.
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Zach Galifianakis' date for the premiere of The Hangover III was 87-year-old Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, whom he met at a laundromat twenty years ago. He's been paying her rent since he heard she was homeless a couple of years ago.
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Steven Spielberg Is Working On A Live-Action Halo TV Series. No word yet on how long we'll have to wait for it.
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Qantas is offering a new perk for their customers: novels designed to last as long as your flight does. The series is called "Stories for Every Journey."
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Some people take goofing off at work to a whole new level. Enjoy a roundup of pranks, silliness, and general shenanigans in the workplace.
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In response to yesterday's story about suburban poverty, it turns out that suburbia has more poverty than cities because suburbia has more people. The 'burbs have become less economically homogenized over the years.
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The newly redesigned Flickr offers lots of photo storage for free. It looks good, but I still can't find the button to delete pictures.  

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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