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The Things That Keep You Alive

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Why You’re Alive

You probably don’t realize that these things you take for granted might be the reason you’re still around to take things for granted.

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Robots Are Taking All the Good Waiter Jobs

This video of the world’s first fully-automated restaurant is a few years old, but still really cool.

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Oh, This One Is So Watery

A few weeks ago I linked to an article about a restaurant getting attention for its 45-page water menu. Now, that establishment’s “water sommelier” sits down with Conan to talk and taste.

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Handheld Music Player

The Disney Research Lab is trying to develop a technology that allows you to play music through your fingertips.

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In the Eye of the Beholder

What is ugly? This exhibit examines that very thing.

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Let the Theft Begin

The massive map from the new Grand Theft Auto game has been leaked online.

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Drinking the Haterade

Sports fans, myself included, are typically packed to the brim with things about sports that they passionately dislike. Some of them are just weird and ridiculous, but some of them deserve their scorn.

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He Doesn’t Look A Day Over 130

Dhaqabo Ebba claims to have been born more than a century and a half ago.

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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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