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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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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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How Volcanoes Work
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How Volcanoes Work. The U.S. has 169 "potentially active" volcanoes, but they're not all alike.

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The Internet is Learning an Important Lesson About Service Dogs. We know you're not supposed to pet them without permission, but what if one approaches you?

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That Time the U.S. Postal Service Tried Delivering Mail By Missile. It saved neither time nor money, but that wasn't the point.

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. The world's most productive scientists and engineers worked only 10 to 20 hours a week.

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Postcards From the Honeymoon Capital Of The World. For many couples, the Poconos was where the Baby Boom began.

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The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile.’ Putting on a happy face when you're not feeling it can lead to mental and physical problems.

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A Horror Story About a Shower Curtain. Or it could be a comedy; either way, it needs to be filmed.

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What's the Difference Between a Broadway and an Off-Broadway Show? It's more than just the street address of the theater.

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