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Books You Never Really Read

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George Orwell's 1984 and (unsurprisingly) Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace top the list of books people are most likely to claim they've read when they haven't. Are you one of the guilty ones?

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For those not yet burnt out on choreographed marriage proposals (and even those who are), this man's surprise for his boyfriend at Home Depot will coax a smile out of you.

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A frog photobombed NASA's latest spacecraft launch, but it wasn’t the first aspiring amphibian astronaut.

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The shortlist for the prestigious annual Man Booker Prize is out. The winner will be named October 15th.

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Joni Sternbach’s series of surfer photos are truly vintage-meets-modern, using 19th-century tintype processes to create one-of-a-kind images of 21st-century wave riders.

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Before René Magritte became one of the biggest names in the Surrealist art movement, he designed advertisements.

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Ninety-six year old Fred Stobaugh wrote a love song for his late wife Lorraine and submitted it to a singer-songwriter contest. Though he didn’t win, he did become the oldest artist ever to hold a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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