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In Palm Springs, it's so hot that birds are falling from the sky. One young bird was taken to shade for an emergency revival, recorded in photographs.
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The 40 Best Signs From The "Restore The Fourth" Rallies. People across the country turned out to protest against the NSA's surveillance tactics.
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White Actors’ Most Egregious Portrayals of People of Color. Ten movies, with video evidence, that would have been improved greatly by a bit of typecasting.
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Why do some folks refuse to use an e-reader? One author thinks it has to do with their childhoods.
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Six different Christian denominations claim footage in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The only way to keep peace among them is to employ impartial Muslims as moderators.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Which Has The Worst Pop Songs? They're all pretty bad, but hey, people never sang about Space 1999.
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Breaking Bad beer, Downton Abbey wine, and 5 other pop-culture alcohols. Each has a built-in customer base at home, watching TV, and looking for refreshment.
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Hadacol, the Last of the Medicine Shows. It didn't cure cancer, but at 24 proof, it made everyone feel better.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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