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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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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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