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Weekend Links: Don’t Get Hit By Lightning

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July is the worst month for lightning strike fatalities. Men (for unknown reasons) and outdoorsy types (for obvious reasons) are the most susceptible—just another reason to stay inside with the fan on.

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Book junkies will be pleased to learn that more research is out proving that habitual reading can slow cognitive decline associated with aging.

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Fireworks shows at night are dazzling, but slow-motion explosions in daytime (set to Mozart’s “Dies Irae,” no less) are equally stunning.

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Want more explosions? This supercut of Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, Independence Day, White House Down) movie moments features everything that’s ever blown up in the famously special effects-happy director’s oeuvre—and that’s a lot of things.

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Although adult film critics have been lamenting Pixar’s gradual decline, younger audiences don’t see the problem.

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A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair sold at auction for a ridiculous amount of money.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest has found the worst restaurant meal in America, "the Mount Everest of trans fat."

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Smaug the dragon has snagged the top spot in Forbes's list of richest fictional characters, with a portfolio estimated at $62 billion. Jed Clampett’s and Tony Stark's fortunes have nothing on dragon gold.

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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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