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Eva-Lotta Lamm via Flickr
Eva-Lotta Lamm via Flickr

Seeing Faces in Strange Places

Eva-Lotta Lamm via Flickr
Eva-Lotta Lamm via Flickr

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon that allows people to see faces or figures in random objects, like buildings, bowling balls, and bird droppings. It’s such a common occurrence that the Faces in Places Flickr group alone has over 20,000 submissions.

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Nothing can ruin the finer things in life faster than an overzealous fan base. Ruined By Its Fans? attempts to quantify how much damage Apple customers, coffee addicts, yoga evangelists, etc. have done to the things they love—looks like bicycling and Monty Python have taken the hardest hits.

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Instagram user @Peejet either spends a lot of time being photographed with the hottest figures in hip-hop, or he’s just handy with Photoshop.

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Will Smith and family have saved all of humanity in at least a dozen movies so far.

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New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an exhibit displaying objects retrieved from the Lost and Found by one family’s four generations of train conductors, including a discarded engagement ring and a spoiled 13-year-old’s travel diary.

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Someone got very, very lucky on Wheel of Fortune and walked home with the improbable million-dollar prize.

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It’s hard to make a good cup of tea using water from the microwave.

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With a little stop-motion magic, anyone can ride a flying broomstick in real life.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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