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Famous Poems Read By Famous Men

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Classic poems by Auden, Wordsworth, Keats, and the like are even more of a treat when recited in the rich and resonant tones of such actors as Alan Rickman and Benedict Cumberbatch. Words off a page have never felt so alive.

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The judges of the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition have picked some real winners. 

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Which fictional character shares your birthday?

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A single man, formerly a monk, has spent the past half-century building a 131-foot cathedral with his own hands, but advancing age and the lack of a building permit could put an end to all of that.

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Ernest Hemingway wasn’t known for a particularly playful sense of humor, but a newly published satirical short story from the writer’s early years might help change that.

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Certain “unisex” names, like Leslie, Casey, Stacy, and Riley have been batted back and forth between genders over the years; their spikes and slumps over time form a fascinating picture of how easily “boy names” and “girl names” can change.

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The men behind the bizarre Twitter account @horse_ebooks and the equally strange YouTube channel Pronunciation Book have stepped forward and pled guilty to performance art.

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An international panel of scientists has weighed in: it is “extremely likely” – and they are 95% sure – that humankind is predominantly to blame for rising global temperatures. Better start apologizing to the Earth now.

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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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The Dancing Horses of Vienna
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Lipizzans: The Dancing Horses of Vienna. They almost did not survive World War II.

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14 Netflix Hacks That Will Change the Way You Stream. Some tricks for getting the most enjoyment for your $7.99 a month.

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This is Why You Spend So Much Time Waiting at the ER. You can shorten that time by bleeding profusely.

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6 Throwaway Jokes That Ended Up Predicting Huge Plot Twists. It's almost like Hollywood is searching anywhere for new ideas.

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How the Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks Survived the Fandom Menace. Ahmed Best landed the role of a lifetime and spent years paying the price.

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice. John Aisthorpe has been collecting pins since the Vietnam War era, and tells us the stories behind some of them.

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How Many United States Have You Visited? Make your own map to show others how many states you've seen at the Maploco Visited States Generator

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15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Pool Lifeguards. They do a lot more than sit and watch swimmers. 

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