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408 Hot Air Balloons

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Participants at the 2013 Lorraine Mondial international hot air balloon festival broke a world record for most hot air balloons launched at once. Time-lapse videos from photographers in attendance depict the process from inflation to take off.

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Ocean-dwelling pyrosomes are, according to scientists, “the unicorns of the sea.”

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Not everything has been harmonious for these famously feuding band members. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger’s rocky relationship alone merits a made-for-TV movie.

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Designing a cover for Lolita is a delicate matter.

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Marilyn Monroe impersonators cop their idol’s signature style and platinum blonde hair, but each puts her own twist on the late actress. Photographer Emily Berl was “less concerned about how much they look like Marilyn and more concerned about their motivations for becoming her.”

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Couldn’t make it to Lollapalooza? Watch the live stream here.

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Despite its stubby little arms, a T. rex would still win at arm wrestling.

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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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