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Ask A Slave

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The new web series Ask A Slave is funny and heartbreaking. You won't believe how clueless some Americans are about slavery.
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Fall movies to look forward to. After an awful summer of film failures, you deserve it.
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What seems to be a typical daytime talk-show dressing down takes a sudden unexpected turn. It's only about thirty seconds, but it got me right in the heart.
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12 weaselly TV characters who refuse to die. When you're a character that audiences love, or love to hate, you can survive anything.
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An unnamed driver claims to have gone completely around Manhattan in a record 24 minutes -and videotaped the trip. Now police are looking for the dangerous driver.
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Meet Armand Fernandez-Pierre, a 335-pound high school football player who is also a talented cheerleader. He plays other sports, too, and has a part-time job.
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Butler Blue II, the Butler University mascot, crossed the rainbow bridge. Even if you've never heard of the dog, bring a hanky to read about his passing and watch a moving tribute from the school.
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How being poor can lower your IQ. Even when controlling for nutrition and inherited ability, studies show that worrying about money crowds out the ability think about other important things.
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The Extraordinary Life of Liviu Librescu. A tough history made him a tough teacher, when it really mattered.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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