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A Death-Defying Walk Across ... Your Backyard

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Wine and Bowties

Start Walkin’

After last night’s death-defying stunt you no doubt want to become a high wire walker. Here’s how to setup a slackline in your backyard.

Or, if you can’t get enough of wire walking, but you don’t have a deathwish, just look at these.

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The Doctor Is In...

Gotham. And Metropolis. And inside the minds of these superheroes.

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Gweek-Out On This

Author, dictionary reader, Bible literal follower, and mental_floss contributor AJ Jacobs is the guest on this episode of Gweek.

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We’re Falling Behind the Rest of the World...

In DVR technology.

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How Did He Get In?

How did Donald Duck get into the U.S. Army? He’s flat-footed. And a duck.

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My Brain Thinks You’re A Bunch of Liars

I can’t make myself understand this is a single photograph, even after it’s explained.

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Better Late Than Never?

On this day in 1997, the U.S. government released a report of the events in Roswell. It only took them five decades.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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