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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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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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