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A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
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Disney's Fascinating Dark Phase of the 1970s and 1980s

A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
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Exploring Disney's Fascinating Dark Phase of the 1970s and '80s. Trying to appeal to teenagers left some odd films in their lineup.

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Meet France's Mr. Potato Head. Antoine-Augustin Parmentier disagreed with the law that said American potatoes were unfit for human consumption.

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These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2017. The top articles are not political, but salacious tabloid crime stories.

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The 1968 Book That Tried to Predict the World of 2018. " ... for every amusingly wrong prediction, there’s one unnervingly close to the mark."

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What's the Smallest Hole a Mouse Can Squeeze Through? Do not miss the video of the shrew with homemade sound effects.

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Young Student Secretly Photographs People with Hidden Spy Cam in the 1890s. The candid shots from the streets of Oslo are much more revealing than the portraits of the era.

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Why Big Pets are Great for Small Kids. There's some truth in the "gentle giant" stereotype.

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Dear Eater: Inside the International Restaurant Chain Run by the North Korean State. It's a scheme to funnel international currency to the state, but is the food any good?

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A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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A scene from Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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