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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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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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