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Literal Metaphor Stock Photos

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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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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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