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Michael Jackson's Accomplishments

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How Michael Jackson Changed Music Forever. Play the first video while you read this …it's still awesome.
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Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names. Most were nicked from other literary sources.
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Are These The Ugliest Animals In The World? The endangered species are competing to be the mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
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Watch the annual world's largest tomato fight in Brunol, Spain. Charging admission this year didn't stop thousands of people from participating.
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To help David Letterman celebrate 20 years at CBS, Bill Murray outdid himself by showing up dressed as Liberace. He was also the first guest when the show debuted in 1993.
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Farming Taught Me That the Ordinary Life Is Worth Living. Bob Comis write about how he found a "high, simple, and useful life."
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In the new book Gaddafi’s Harem, a woman tells about becoming the dictator's sex slave at the age of 15. And she was just one of many.
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Does sending your kid to private school make you a scourge on society? It's a choice between what's best for society in general and what's best for the child you love with all your heart.
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10 Venn and Not-quite-Venn Diagrams. And how to tell the difference.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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