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Why Everyone's An Awful Driver

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Statistically speaking, 50 percent of drivers are worse than average. Anecdotally speaking, some days it seems like no one should be allowed behind the wheel of a car, ever. Why are people such bad drivers?

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More than just getting you from Point A to Point B, maps can help us visualize and quickly process information on subjects as varied as alcohol consumption, global internet usage, high-risk pirate zones, and rap lyrics.

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Are these pictures of hot dogs, or legs? Guessing is harder than you’d think.

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Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune has inspired board games, comic books, and a so-bad-it’s-good David Lynch film adaptation. Illustrations of the desert planet and its terrible sandworms, painted by John Shoenherr and praised by Herbert himself, have emerged from obscurity to revive Arrakis once again.

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Never mind the Fortune 500. These are the 28 Most Powerful Dogs in the World.

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So that’s why waiters personally grind the pepper for you.

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With the help of stylists, makeup artists, and their own thespian talents, these recent biopic actors managed to really become their characters.

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It couldn’t hurt to learn how to be a better Googler.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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