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An All-American Cheese-Rolling Hero

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For the first time in history, an American has won the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling race. Kenny Rackers, dressed in a stars-and-stripes onesie, beat the English at their own absurd sport to win the cheese – which is not a quirky British euphemism, but an actual wheel of cheese.

New South Wales, Australia seems to have a problem with giant, fluorescent pink slugs. (Warning: gross.)

By placing celebrated works of classic and modern art into unconventional settings, the Great Art in Ugly Rooms series proves that even with masterpieces, a lot of what matters is location, location, location.

Adolf Hitler did not actually invent the “Hitler mustache.”

The Los Angeles Police Department will take whatever measures necessary to catch a criminal, even if in 1960, that meant the entire robbery squad dressing as women.

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A New York PBS station’s recent ad campaign takes a jab at the proliferation of ridiculous reality TV show premises with ads for shows called Knitting Wars, Bayou Eskimos, and Bad Bad Bag Boys. The posters are convincing, but fake – which is a shame, because “Married to a Mime” sounds fascinating.

Sometimes a Google search can be more than just a string of search terms. Google Poetics takes note of the AutoComplete function’s capacity to produce accidentally profound gems like this one: “I tried to do handstands for you/ I tried to be perfect/ I tried to drown my sorrows/ I tried to discover.”

After leaving office, Lyndon Johnson let his hair grow out.

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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Babies Through Windows
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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows. And why we don't want the custom to die out.

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When London Bridge Moved … to Arizona? The entire stone bridge was dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in the American desert.

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The Tom and Jerry Story. Almost 80 years later, we still enjoy the cat-and-mouse game.

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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate. It could be a mistake, a matter of convenience, or the shifting earth.

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals. You'd think that someone somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next.

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery. We'll have to be ready for it if we're going to Mars.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years. In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea, and he never left.

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14 Huge Facts About Elephant Seals. They stand out even among weird marine animals.

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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