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Iceland’s Christmas Witch Is Cooler Than Krampus

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Why Iceland’s Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) than Krampus. Grýla and her creepy family are looking to eat little children.

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How Eco-Friendly is Your Favorite Superhero? They defend our planet, but they don't all treat it equally.

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Listen to the First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols, From Alan Turing’s Lab. A recreation of a 1951 BBC broadcast has the Mark II computer singing "Good King Wenceslas" and "Jingle Bells."

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How a Young Owl Trains to Hunt. He'll explain as he goes.

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Dear Satan, an Animated Short About a Girl Who Accidentally Writes a Letter to Satan Instead of Santa. It will make you laugh, and then feel guilty about laughing.

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Why We Should Bring Back the Art of Toasting. The group act of drinking in unison with a common thought is a way of bonding, of communicating a sentiment, and a ritual we should revive.

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I Grew up Without Santa Claus—and Christmas Was Still Wonderful. There's much more to the holiday than one jolly old elf.

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9 Ways Japanese Schools Are Different From American Schools. Their classes reflect a culture of discipline and conformity.

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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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