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Fake Military Ranks

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Cap'n Crunch was revealed to be a military impostor after the errors in his uniform were detected. He is only one of several pop culture icons that may have faked their military records.
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“We would’ve come earlier, but your husband wasn’t dead then”: 18 incompetent law-enforcement officials who save the day.
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A tiger stalks his owner -in the house! The video is unnerving, until you see how it ends.
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The way corporations run their social networking sites reveals how dumb they think their consumers are. A new parody site shows us the many ways they do it.
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Jim Carrey is backing away from supporting his new movie Kick-Ass 2 because of the violence. It was filmed before the Sandy Hook shooting, which made him rethink the whole thing.
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Wikileaks is paying for Edward Snowden's hotel and travel bills while he's on the run. That admission may open Julian Assange and his organization up to charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.
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16 Money-Saving Tips From The Depression Era. They may have been popular during the Great Depression, but many of these I've used all my life.
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An everyman's guide for going invisible on the internet. Maintaining your privacy will require a little more work these days, but it can be done.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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