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Valuable Dollar Bills

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A 'fancy' serial number can make a $1 bill worth thousands. Read this, and then go see if you can find a $1 bill.
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To demonstrate the sensitivity of its steering system, Volvo put a hamster at the wheel of a transfer truck. Since he couldn't see over the steering wheel, a driver with a carrot assisted.
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According to a new poll, Americans say 50 is the perfect age. That is, unless you still have kids at home and no retirement savings.
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14-plus alternate realities within television shows. These are what writers live for -the opportunity to go completely out of bounds.
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City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree. When it's efficiency vs. happiness, people will push back …or leave.
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Look at this: 20 Adorable Animals Wearing Animal Slippers. Many wear bunny slippers, but the bunny does it best.
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What does a leopard do when he wants an ear scratch? He grabs your hand and makes a sound like a big motorboat.
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As the economy recovers, the rich are getting richer while the rest live with unemployment and stagnated incomes. But some working people are doing well …by working for the super-rich.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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