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A Poet’s Proper Goodbye

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Paul Muldoon's elegy for his friend and "the greatest Irish poet since Yeats," Seamus Heaney, honors a man he describes as not brazen, but bounteous, big-hearted, and beautiful—"as a bard, and in his being."

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The Association of French Bakers has issued a delightfully tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to Kanye West's assertion that French restaurants need to "hurry up with [his] croissants," in which they are extremely polite, but adamant that "a great croissant is worth waiting a lifetime for."

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The greatest movie kisses of all time aren't limited to romantic comedies.

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Could pop music be a path to peace in the Middle East?

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Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby uses the phrase “old sport” 59 times over the course of the movie. Here’s proof.

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If only more mother-daughter bonding time resulted in such whimsical drawings.

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Please try to stop telling people they "look tired."

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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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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