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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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