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The Speediest Spaceships

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In the race between sci-fi spaceships, the TARDIS, the Heart of Gold, and Galactica take top prizes for speed. The real-life Voyager 1 space probe has nothing on warp drive.

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In 1983, Queen Elizabeth's advisors drew up a speech for her to read in case of nuclear war. In it, she urges her subjects to "help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it." Not so pithy but much more poignant than "Keep calm and carry on," no?

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Someone has finally designed a better travel pillow. The Nap Anywhere is more comfortable and more portable than the traditional U-shaped neck pillow, but unfortunately, it doesn't look any less dorky.

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Madonna's never really been a fan of wearing pants, has she?

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These pictures of famous authors in their young adult years, presented without comment, each tell a story all on their own.

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The winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been announced, and they're predictably stunning.

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How much caffeine is actually in your cup of coffee?

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Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Oscars ceremony.

 

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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