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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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