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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July 6, 2013 - 9:00am
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