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Why Are There Shoes Hanging Up There?

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What’s With the Shoes?

Have you ever wondered why there's a pair of shoes hanging from the telephone wires? Check out the documentary The Mystery of Flying Kicks.

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After You Come On Down

What happens after you appear on The Price Is Right?

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The Web (Circa 1997)

This family-friendly 90s introduction to the internet is packed with beautifully-stilted acting and really wonderfully-unbelieveable dialog. Plus, the beginning of the video tells you to adjust the “tracking” on your VCR.

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The Web (Circa Now)

So it’s come to this. The kids in the video above never would have guessed the internet would one day house weirdo material like this.

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Need Something?

Act like a Kindly Brontosaurus.

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He’s Kind of A Big Deal

People know him. Everyone’s favorite mustachioed anchorman is writing an autobiography.

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Not Kids Stuff

Cartoons are commonly created for children, but these banned toons certainly were not.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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