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Pixar’s Emotional Manipulation

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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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