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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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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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