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How Chinese Ingenuity Destroyed Salad Bars

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Some Chinese Pizza Hut patrons found a clever way to make their one trip to the salad bar count. “Salad stacking” was so successful in gaming the system, in fact, that most Pizza Huts in China no longer offer a salad bar.

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A 1928 issue of Science and Invention magazine featured a "What's Wrong With This Picture?"-style cover that included 48 scientific mistakes. Finding them all was worth $500 in prizes—or almost $7000 in today's currency.

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Rather than staying behind the camera, photographer Dita Pepe inserted herself into the picture, blending into a series of “Self Portraits” where she took on the appearance of her other subjects. Like a chameleon, she fits in so well that it’s hard to imagine the scenes without her.

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These book-inspired ice cream flavors sound delicious. "War and Peach" would be particularly delicious on a hot, lazy summer's day of the variety that war-torn Russia wouldn't have known anything about.

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A year of sky on Earth is a beautiful, mesmerizing sight.

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Edward Snowden first disappeared into Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on June 23, but his face has been popping up everywhere since then—not just in that one ubiquitous image every news outlet has been using exhaustively, but in street art and homemade graphic t-shirts.

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Microsoft Paint doesn’t have much in the way of fancy effects or special features, but the basics are just enough for the 97-year-old former typographer who creates detailed pixel paintings with the software.

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Once a year in July, wolves raised in Indiana’s Wolf Park get a summer treat: a watermelon each, stuffed with such wolfish delicacies as pig ears, cheese, and dog biscuits. Yum?

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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood
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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood. The kid from Ohio with big ears and bad teeth eventually became Clark Gable.

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The Kilopower Project Could Power a Mars Colony and Deep Space Missions. It involves small, portable nuclear reactors fueled by uranium.

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The Top 15 Game Of Thrones Episodes to Watch and Rewatch. Fans still have a lot of time to fill before the final season begins.

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Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921. It was the only joke on that page that deserved to survive.

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The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System. Pegasus, the first exoplanet, was discovered 23 years ago.

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It’s Not Your Imagination: Allergy Season Gets Worse Every Year. The changing climate is producing more pollen, and more people are allergic to it.

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Baby Pangolins Always Look Like They’re Waiting To Nervously Ask You To Prom. They're adorable, so you'd have to say yes.

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The Surprising Link Between the Deaths of Three 19th Century Presidents: James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor may have died from living in the District of Columbia.

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