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Where is the Midwest?

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Where, exactly, is the American Midwest? Survey results show that most people aren't so sure. Is Montana the Midwest? Is Oklahoma? Weigh in here.

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It's a little-known fact that Tom Cruise's titular role in Jerry Maguire was intended for a different Tom. Hanks, who was busy with directorial work at that time, recommended his name-twin for the part instead. Here are 19 more actors who said no to big-time roles, paving the way for others to step into their would-be shoes.

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Two movie buffs got engaged, and announced their upcoming wedding with a series of film-inspired promotional posters.

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83 percent of people are pretty unhappy with Congress.

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The National Zoo is introducing its cheetah cubs to the public this week. The male is just slightly fluffier than the female, but both are equally cute when they frolic.

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The best pools in the world are impressive works of design just begging to be swum in.

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Hugh Jackman was not exactly sure what he had signed up for when he arrived to film his first day as X-Men’s Wolverine.

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“Carlos Danger” is taken, but this name generator could be useful for anyone else needing a suitably dashing pseudonym for clandestine purposes. (Disclaimer: Aspiring mayoral candidates should think twice before making use of this service.)

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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