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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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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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