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When It's OK to Spit On the Bride

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We’ve All Met Brides We’d Like to Spit On

But you just don’t do it. Unless you’re in Kenya, of course. Hocking a loogie on the woman in the white dress is just one of the odd wedding traditions from around the world. (Via TruTV)

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Holy Horrifying Childhood

Using one of these terrifying childcare contraptions from the early 1900s today would get your children taken away in an instant. Why was there such a focus on caging kids?

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What Did They Talk About?

How complex was Neanderthal speech?

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Boom Goes the Dynamite

And meme goes the internet. Check out the best viral sports sensations of all time.

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Breaking the Bank

If you’re a diehard fan of Walt and Jesse and the rest of the shady characters in Heisenberg’s world, you might want to bid on these awesome pieces of memorabilia from the series.

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Living the High Life

If you want to live in a place with a great view you could opt for this plush high rise spread, or the more minimalist pad atop a pillar.

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It’s Fun to Stay There

And they are technically the people that I heard that from.

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The House That Crack Built

...And other books for children. Yeah. You probably don’t own many of these lesser known titles.

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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