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The Star Trek Pie-Eating Contest

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Amidst a serious discussion on every detail of the latest episode of Breaking Bad, there's an animation of Badger and Skinny Pete's Star Trek fan fiction pie-eating contest.
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13 stars (and one director) who refused to promote their own movies. If one must choose between obligation and reputation, it's best if you already have a reputation and a decent bank balance.
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Over-the-Top Pole Vault Celebrations. The best can acknowledge success before they even land.
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Neil Hilburn tells what it's like to fall in love while suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. His slam poetry performance will make you laugh, but then tear up a little.
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Some of the world’s most brilliantly decorated stairs. It makes them almost worth climbing.
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George Orwell’s Letter on Why He Wrote 1984. He saw the rise of totalitarianism, but understood the pragmatism of choosing the lesser of two evils.
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It's back to school time, and you might be able to relate to one of these lists: 17 Signs You’re Leaving For College Soon and 25 Deeply Painful Ph.D. Student Problems (Besides Your Thesis).
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The dark side of the love hormone. Deep chemical love can lead to an equally deep chemical heartbreak.
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The Lion of Gripsholm Castle. Bad taxidermy from the 18th century leads to a 21st-century internet meme.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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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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