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The Real Rules of Monopoly

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Since the rules of Monopoly were very much instilled in all of us through a generational word-of-mouth, few people know the board game was intended to play at a much faster rate—or perhaps you already knew about the unpurchased property auction?

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Composer John Williams is slated to compose the score for Star Wars: Episode VII. Now, let's just get production going before Disney gets any ideas.

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Self-proclaimed "information artist" Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates 3D printer artwork with the help of a bio lab that sequences results from DNA samples. “I feed this information into a custom computer program I wrote which takes all these values which code for physical genetic traits and parameterizes a 3D model of a face to represent them.”

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The things man can learn from the anglerfish, the lynx spider and other species -- in particular with mating habits.

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Ed Shaughnessy, Doc Severinsen's drummer on The Tonight Show for more than 30 years, passed away on Friday at his home in Calabasas, California. He was 84.

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After three years of social media fanfare and hyperbole, the Internet got the Arrested Development resurrection it asked for. And it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Here's why.

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Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" after the Boston bombing, Liza Minnelli singing "New York, New York" after 9/11, and four more heartstring-pulling moments in MLB history.

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Discovery's Science Channel has launched a live cicada cam, showing the insects swarming all over a miniature White House and depicting the apocalypse that we all fear is right around the corner.

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How to have a cookout in Gaza: A photo essay that shows how recycling experts turn scrap wood into charcoal for barbecue grills and local restaurants.

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released its 2013 Better Life Index, ranking each nation's happiness by judging categories from safety to health and education to environment.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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