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The Hand That Moves the Muppet

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The Man Behind the Muppet

Well, not behind. Under the Muppet, I guess. In either case these behind-the-scenes Muppet pictures are pretty cool to look at, even if they do break the illusion.

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You Can Build A Time Machine

With one of these cool new Lego Back to the Future kits.

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If You Like That...

You’ll love this Lego art show in New York.

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The Aliens Are Coming...

And they’re computers. As the theoretical physicist Paul Davies explains:

"If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is overwhelmingly likely to be post-biological in nature."

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I Don’t Think We’re In Oz Anymore

The Warriors of Oz will take place in a much different land than the one Dorothy visited.

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Want S’more?

The cast of The Sandlot got together recently on their old field. I wonder if The Beast was there.

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A Lost Interview with Castro

It's from 1959. A tidbit: "If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself."

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What Is A Bad Story?

In honor of Alex Trebek’s birthday yesterday, feel free to follow Jeopardy Tales on Twitter to see the contestant interview captured in all of its beautiful mundanity.

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True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

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At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

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Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

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The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich.

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A New Model Predicts That the 'Ideal' Mammal Is 2.5 Times Bigger Than an Elephant. That model assumes adequate resources from an abundant Earth.

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New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

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15 of History's Greatest Mad Scientists. How being downright insane can lead to thinking outside the box.

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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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