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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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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut
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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut. In 1966, Robert Lawrence, Jr. was selected for a space program you've never heard of.

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A Hubo Humanoid Robot Carried the Olympic Torch in Daejon, South Korea, on Monday. It showed off a bit by cutting a hole through a wall to pass the torch on.

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The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra. A trial of the blood pressure medicine sildenafil had a strange side effect that made it world-famous.

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Banner Ladies: The Human Billboards of Yesteryear. Looking back on a peculiar advertising trend of the 1870s.

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The Surprising History of the Kimono. It went from simple body covering to cultural icon during the Edo period.

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Confessions of a Star Wars Nerd. No matter how much of a fan you consider yourself, there is always someone who will out-geek you.

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Incredible Photographs of a Doomed 1914 Antarctic Expedition. Over two years, they lived on a ship, on ice, and on an island before they could leave.

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