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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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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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