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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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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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