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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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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
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Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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