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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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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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