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Ice Cream Truck Jingles, Explained

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This brief history of ice cream truck music explains why we always hear the same jingles over and over.

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If you have to ask for a kiddie menu at a restaurant, just remember that it’s there mostly thanks to Prohibition.

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Go to YouTube for the videos, but stay for the Easter egg that lets you play Missile Command while you watch.

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The sun’s magnetic field is about to pull a 180 for the first time in 11 years.  

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If you can’t stay out of last place in Mario Kart 64, brush up on Kartalytics

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Two Wikipedia aficionados set the site’s real-time revisions to music

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Not even professional athletes can shirk jury duty.

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A long-abandoned Nazi train station between France and Spain is now an astroparticle laboratory.

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The Atlantic dug up a flight surgeon’s report on Alan Shepard’s pre-flight ritual before the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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