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The Watergate Excuse No One Believed

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How the "Rose Mary Stretch" Sold Watergate to the People. Nixon's secretary took the blame for the infamous erased tape, but her explanation made no sense.

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The Curious Animosity of Fred and Ethel Mertz. The supporting players of I Love Lucy never got along with each other.

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6 Times a Single Vote Really Did Change an Election. Every vote counts, since we never know when it will happen again.

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America’s Retail Apocalypse Is Really Just Beginning. The economy is recovering, but stores are not.

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24 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Dermatologist. This includes advice for preventing cancer and treating acne.

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When Was "A Long Time Ago"? Physicist Patrick Johnson created a speculative timeline from the beginning of the universe to the events of Star Wars.

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A Lavishly Illuminated Medieval Bestiary Goes Online. The Aberdeen Bestiary was written in England 800 years ago, with elaborate full-color illustrations.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Jim Henson’s Early Life. The world's premier puppeteer had many accomplishments before the Muppets.

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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Ton Steel Ball. Get out of the way when it's dropped in the name of science!

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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Why Adam Rippon Didn’t Win. He finished behind two competitors who fell because of the complicated math of figure skating.

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Was Young Luke Skywalker a Selfless Hero or a Freeloader? Luke took advantage of the Rebel Alliance in using an X-wing or two as his personal vehicle, but a commenter refutes that argument in style.

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15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them. Because true crime is more fascinating than fiction.

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