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Shows For Scholars

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Who Says TV Rots Your Brain?

These shows might make you a better student.

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You Need A Nap

Here’s why.

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Writing That Really Paints A Picture

Fore-Edge book paintings are sort of difficult to explain, but they’re really cool. Check out some examples.

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Holy Cow

The Monastery of Saint Simon in Egypt is the most beautiful church you’ll ever lay eyes on.

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Life’s Cheat Sheet: Syria

You’ve heard a lot about it lately, but you might not know what any of it means. So, this video provides a really quick background on the conflict in Syria.

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You’ll Need A Reading Lamp

Hide & Eek is a children’s book with hidden images that can only be revealed by the light.

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The Sportscast About Nothing

Sportscaster goes on the air yada, yada, yada he makes 41 Seinfeld references.

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The Cab That Pays You

Imagine getting into a NYC cab and the driver is friendly and ready to give you money. Sounds too good to be true. So, is the Cash Cab real?

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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