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States That Need to Watch Their Language

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Ohio is the most foul-mouthed state in the union; Washington is the least. My home state of New Jersey ranks third in coarse language, but I’ll try to keep it toned down around here.
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After over a year and thousands of images collected by the MESSENGER probe, scientists have created a composite that shows Mercury from all 360 degrees around.
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The annual Chelsea flower show, for the first time in its 100-year history, allowed its green-thumbed garden competitors to include gnomes this year. These 10 garden gnomes from around the world are probably quite pleased to hear it.
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Contemporary and classical works of art collide in painter Cesar Santos’s latest body of work, entitled “Syncretism,” which features such incongruities as Nefertiti holding a Whirlypop and the Mona Lisa in a red knit beanie.
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We excuse a lot of things kids say because they’re cute, but as the first episode of Matt Clarke’s “Convos With My 2 Year Old” series proves by having a grown man speak the words of a toddler, our precious babes are actually kind of jerks sometimes.
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Ben Franklin was a famously prolific inventor, but not all of his ideas paid off. Case in point: these “practical” uses for balloons, including the creation of a floating icebox and helping foot messengers run faster.
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Amazon’s new ‘Kindle Words’ program attempts to monetize fanfiction, with the company buying licenses to whole franchises in order to turn a profit on any works fans create based on their characters. We’ll see how that one works out.
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These ingenious solutions to your most pressing first-world problems ensure that you’ll never have to suffer the injustice of unpopped microwave popcorn, brain freeze, lost lens caps, or overripe bananas again.

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Where Did That Tuna Come From?
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Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

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A Demonstration of How Water Acts in Space. Watch an astronaut blow fruit punch like bubble gum.

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I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

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John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

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How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

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The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

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The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

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How WWII Saved The Great Gatsby From Obscurity. It took almost 20 years for the book to become a hit.

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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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