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Color Photography Before Color Film

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Before Kodak introduced the first “Kodachrome” color film in 1935, colored snapshots were something of a DIY project: if you wanted color, you had to paint it on yourself, and the results ranged from amateurish to brilliant.

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GIFs are usually frivolous Internet things, used to convey visual jokes or pop culture references, but Graphics Interchange Format can do so much more. Cinemagraphs combine the artistry of still photography with GIF-making technology to create moving pictures worthy of a digital frame.

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Dame Judi Dench is fond of needlepoint crafts, but her choice of design isn’t what you’d expect.

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The Seattle Public Library kicked off its 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a world record for longest domino chain…made of books. They made sure that none of the 2,131 donated books were harmed in the process.

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My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter is one Pinterest user’s tongue-in-cheek account of her darling make-believe child Quinoa’s fashionable exploits with her BFF Chevron and plenty of high-end accessories.

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Lions are great. Tigers are great. Even greater? The three liliger cubs born in a Russian zoo to a lion father and a lion-tiger mother—hence, li-li-gers.

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Tony Soprano was only one of many characters James Gandolfini played with aplomb over the course of his too-short life and storied career.

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How did you celebrate Summer Solstice 2013?

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And let's end with a video about the time you have left (in jelly beans):

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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