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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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The Y Chromosome Is Slowly Disappearing
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The Y Chromosome Is Slowly Disappearing. At this rate, the male sex has only a few million years left.

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Why Brigham Young University Had a Secret Cola Vending Machine. The Mormon prohibition against certain drinks leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

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How Your Worst Fears Stack Up Against Reality. Select your top three fears, and the app will explain what your odds of dying from each one are.

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London, 1682 vs. Today. The Morgan Map has been overlaid with aerial views of the modern city for comparison purposes.

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The Boy Who Stayed Awake for 11 Days. A science fair project led to a world record that still stands.

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When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on Laugh-In. His 1968 appearance opened the door for presidents on entertainment shows.

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The Problem With Perfectionism. The competitive world of college has raised students' standards to a never-ending stress level.

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8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back. We can make the world a better place with more kinds of pie.

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Breaking Bad: An Oral History
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The Oral History of Breaking Bad. The people behind the groundbreaking show tell its story to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its premiere.

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Why We Didn’t See the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson explains that there's nothing nefarious about their absence.

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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets. Sailors have been accompanied on voyages by dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other animals—and not all of them were for dinner.

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A Neopets Romance. This married couple met online when they were 10 and 12 years old.

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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters. Michigan State University surveyed 3514 adults about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war.

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Why Paris’s Greatest Art Nouveau Metro Stop Is No More. The Bastille station was the greatest of 141 metro stations designed by Hector Guimard at the turn of the 20th century.

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Your Coworkers are Not Your Friends. A bit of formality is appropriate among people who did not choose who they spend all day with.

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10 Graves That Are Remarkably Secure. They keep grave robbers out and zombies in.

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