Pixar’s Emotional Manipulation

Just about everyone cried at the end of Toy Story 3, but Pixar has made its audiences misty-eyed in nearly every one of its box-office hits so far.

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Take the ridiculous literacy test Louisiana gave black voters in the 1960s.

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Janelle Monáe has some fancy footwork, but who knew that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke could bust a move, too?

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A former Korean military intelligence officer turned graphic designer developed a “disruptive typeface” that can’t be read by machines – perfect for the more paranoid Internet users out there.

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Despite what we said last week, Warner Bros. is looking into bringing Encyclopedia Brown to the big screen. Can he solve the case of the egregiously expensive movie theatre popcorn?

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The book-to-movie pipeline is still going strong, with books like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl also slated to hit theatres in the upcoming months.

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What does a 200-calorie serving size look like? Not all calories are created equal, but it’s still surprising to see how much broccoli is the energy equivalent of just eight Hershey’s Kisses or three tablespoons of French dressing.

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As disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner returns to politics in a bid for New York City mayor, newspapers are delighting in inappropriate puns on his surname.

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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water
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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water. Young gas giants throw debris toward inward planets, including hydrogen-rich materials.

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Brazil's Geography Problem. It's a big country with lots of people, so why isn't it a world power?

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The Science of Hearing. Our ability to detect and interpret sounds is due to an amazing and complicated biological system.

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Lucasfilm Might be Putting Future Star Wars Spinoffs on Hold. Solo's disappointing box office was a surprise glitch in the moneymaking machine.

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Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong. She has plenty of reasons not to share it with you right now.

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How to Decorate Like a Viking. Archaeologists have built a palette of the paint colors used on Viking homes and buildings.

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The Breastfeeding Zealots of the Neonatal Ward. Maternal lactation is pushed to the point of shaming mothers with hungry babies.

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9 Amazing Tiki Bars. A visit will cool you off even on the hottest day.

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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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