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Burger King apparently distributed 50 prototypes of the Hands-Free Whopper device to 50 of its loyal customers.

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Assessing the administration of Mayor Lenny Clotch: the abrasive, demanding and perpetually impatient hizzoner from Ghostbusters.

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Mental Floss's resident YouTuber John Green waxes over alien autopsies, fairy bones and 47 more hoaxes that perfectly intelligent and capable people actually believed.

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Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, swims in his new enclosure at the Singapore Zoo.

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Back in February, Reed Hastings said season four of Arrested Development was "nonrepeatable amazing." But now, after the boon his service experienced last weekend, the Netflix CEO is talking about whipping up a season five.

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Before planning a vacation to Mars like the 78,000 people who have volunteered for some zany would-be colonization project, just know: It's not safe. 

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Blogging about The Great Gatsby, offering fans movie recommendations and eight more activities George R.R. Martin is currently doing instead of writing the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Smithsonian caught up with the curator of the White House to discover the history of the U.S. Presidential Seal.

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Five-year old Sophia Moss of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has read 875 books this school year!

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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