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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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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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