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A picture can say a thousand words, but stock photographers may have interpreted these metaphors too literally.

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Police in the Maldives took a coconut into custody for its possible role in vote rigging and black magic.

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The new season of Dancing With The Stars will feature beloved scientist Bill Nye trading in his lab coat for something a little jazzier (though hopefully the bow ties get to stay). He agreed to appear on the show as an ambassador for space exploration, and wants to remind you that Buzz Aldrin did it first.

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Tupac isn’t dead—at least, not on Broadway. A musical based on the late great rapper’s life, entitled Holler If Ya Hear Me, is headed to the stage.

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Images from Mars often tend toward dull, formless landscapes, but this striking picture of the red planet’s south pole bucks the trend.

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These last words of the famous and infamous have been eloquent, witty, defiant, tragic, and every shade in between, but they were all certainly memorable.

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Here’s what flowers look like, mid-explosion.

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In 1964, author Isaac Asimov speculated on what the world would be like 50 years later, in 2014. He wasn't too far off.

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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked. There are 79 to choose from, with critiques.

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Academic Publishing is Headed for a Day of Reckoning. When you must pay to publish and then pay to read, how can we afford to learn science?

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12 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Star Wars Movie Characters. The creators have been asked time and time again where they got their ideas, and the answers range from goofy (literally) to sublime.

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The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone. It's become an arms race for unnecessary job credentials.

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2017 is the Year that Computers Became Phones. The way people use technology is driving the design of the modern desktop and laptop.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. The mathematical sketch was a personal note that became one of the artist's most famous works.

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10 Holiday Controversies
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10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

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How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

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The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best. It's hard to disagree with such a short list, but some fans will.

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When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

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Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The documentary short Well Groomed follows two creative dog groomers through the biggest such contest at Groom Expo.

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Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

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The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

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12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

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