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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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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above
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Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above. Julius Neubronner lost a pigeon and developed avian photography.

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How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? More than we have now, but we can still easily destroy ourselves.

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11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. Building useful habits will make you more observant.

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A Classic Animated Film That Explores What Happens When No One Dares to Stand Up to Evil. The Hangman from 1964 illustrates a poem by Maurice Ogden.

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The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase. She was the only woman on the beach at Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

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Dirty, Dishonest, and Badly Behaved: Sophia Jarvis, Victorian Maid. Did she stand a chance in court against her abusive employer?

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8 Questionable Decisions People Have Made to Keep Playing Pokemon Go. Two years later, it's hard to understand the mania that surrounded the game.

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How Water Could Power Long-Distance Space Travel
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How Water Could Power Long-Distance Space Travel. It's a matter of separating the hydrogen from the oxygen.

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The First Murder Solved by a Fingerprint. La Plata, Argentina, had just set up their new fingerprint department.

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How an Army of Suffragettes Helped Save America From Starvation. The Woman's Land Army sent young women to faraway farms to bring in the crops.

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Full Color 3D X-Rays Are Here. They sound too cool to be real, but seeing one can also give you the creeps.

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19 Unwritten Rules That Everyone Seems To Follow. There are some things that everyone just does, even though they've never been told to, and they certainly have never been told why.

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On The Far Side. You loved the comic, but how much do you know about its creator, Gary Larson?

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How to Make the Perfect Glass of Iced Tea. However, this cold brew method is not compatible with the supersaturated Southern version.

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12 Secrets of Film Editors. We couldn't enjoy a movie without them.

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