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What a Porcupine Sounds Like

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Real porcupine noises sound exactly the way a cartoon porcupine's might—in a word, adorable.

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How do you measure a year? In 525,6000 minutes, or in a 400,000-piece Lego replica of Hogwarts?

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The second full theatrical trailer for the upcoming Ender's Game movie is out, starring a lengthy, dramatic voiceover by Colonel Hyrum Graff/Harrison Ford.

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A selection of photos spanning Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign documents some of the monarch's more private moments.

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Mumford and Sons fans who pressed play on the band's latest music video were surprised to see not the British folk rockers themselves, but banjo-wielding doppelgangers comically played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, and Will Forte.

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These senior citizen residents of the Sun City "active retirement community"—including cheerleaders, competitive swimmers, and recreational lawn bowlers—really know how to live life to the fullest.

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A teeny-tiny Minnesota town (population: no more than 28) elected a 4-year-old as its mayor...for the second year in a row.

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The running time for Mean Girls is normally 97 minutes, including dialogue, exposition, incidental music—all those time-consuming things that make a movie. If that's just too much of a commitment, one brave man in a pink polo shirt has condensed the entire movie into a half-hour speed recitation for your hyper-efficient viewing pleasure. 

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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