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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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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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