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Arthur Peck Photograph Collection, Oregon State University
Arthur Peck Photograph Collection, Oregon State University

Color Photography Before Color Film

Arthur Peck Photograph Collection, Oregon State University
Arthur Peck Photograph Collection, Oregon State University

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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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images
BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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