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Breakfast Around the World

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Not everyone has bacon and eggs or toast and yogurt for breakfast. Breakfast around the world ranges from miso soup and steamed white rice (Japan) to tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives (Turkey).
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An exclusive interview with Miss Piggy, perhaps Hollywood’s most humble porcine star after Babe and Wilbur, reveals the actress’s greatest fear, most treasured possession, and a near-death experience paying full retail price.
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There's been a huge discovery about prime numbers! Here's what it means for the future of math.
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One lucky home remodeler in Minnesota discovered an original copy of Action Comics #1 hidden in the insulation of his recently purchased new property. The exceedingly rare issue, which features Superman’s first appearance, is already bidding at $127,000.
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Comics aren’t the only memorabilia selling for obscene amounts of cash: Luke Skywalker’s pants just sold at auction for $36,100. According to actor Mark Hamill, the pants in question were a run-of-the-mill distressed pair of Levi’s, which retail new for about $78.
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How much do you think someone would pay for Ronald Reagan’s sweatpants?
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Denmark won this year’s Eurovision song contest and the rights/responsibilies of hosting next year’s show with Emmelie de Forest’s performance of “Only Teardrops.” While the honor lasts a full year, contest entries as ridiculous as these are truly timeless.
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Cross your fingers and hope whoever’s been assigned to sing the national anthem this Memorial Day weekend won’t flub it as badly as these people did.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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