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The Phantoms of Paris

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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze
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Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd

Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

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Ways Airlines Purposely Make Flying Miserable. They make more money from calculated misery.

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Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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If There Were a Kind of a Fireman's Pole from the Moon Down to the Earth, How Long Would it Take to Slide All the Way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. 

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Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

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Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

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Steven Spielberg's Original Plan for Jaws 2. His idea would still make a good movie.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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