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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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Breaking Bad: An Oral History
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The Oral History of Breaking Bad. The people behind the groundbreaking show tell its story to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its premiere.

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Why We Didn’t See the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson explains that there's nothing nefarious about their absence.

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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets. Sailors have been accompanied on voyages by dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other animals—and not all of them were for dinner.

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A Neopets Romance. This married couple met online when they were 10 and 12 years old.

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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters. Michigan State University surveyed 3514 adults about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war.

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Why Paris’s Greatest Art Nouveau Metro Stop Is No More. The Bastille station was the greatest of 141 metro stations designed by Hector Guimard at the turn of the 20th century.

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Your Coworkers are Not Your Friends. A bit of formality is appropriate among people who did not choose who they spend all day with.

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10 Graves That Are Remarkably Secure. They keep grave robbers out and zombies in.

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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?
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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You? No, but there's a reason behind why people still think so.

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10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration. Every wave of newcomers has encountered resistance from those already here.

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21 Facts You Might Not Know About Rodney Dangerfield. He got no respect, but we'll never forget him.

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Watch a Man Build a Log Cabin by Himself in Four Minutes. It actually took months, but this is a fascinating yet relaxing time-lapse version.

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How Montana Gold Rushers Literally Threw Away a Fortune in Sapphires. Yogo Gulch still produces some of the finest sapphires in the world.

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New Details Emerge About Solo: A Star Wars Story. Including an official synopsis.

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The Starbucks Logo Has A Secret You’ve Never Noticed. She was too perfect to be real before a small design change.

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8 Major Milestones in Facial Transplant Surgeries. What was recently thought impossible has been accomplished quite a few times.

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