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Animals in Outer Space

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Iran’s space program is planning to send a cat into space, but the Persian pet certainly won’t be the first to make such a trip: rabbits, frogs, and guinea pigs are just a few animals that have set a precedent for non-human astronauts. (Meanwhile, China is planning to launch its first space station.)

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A truly impressive collection—of guitars, cassette tapes, padlocks, whatever—is more than the sum of its parts, as this photo series proves.

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The mother on How I Met Your Mother has finally appeared, and she’s certainly a step up from Ted Mosby’s ex-girlfriends.

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At the close of this year's Banned Books Week, here are some suggestions for the kinds of books that should be banned instead.

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Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is on the market, complete with the late Nirvana frontman’s mattress and the names of Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden etched into the walls of his teenage bedroom.

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There's no shame in baking a cake that’s all for you. With recipes for lime coconut, chocolate orange, apple cinnamon cakes, and more, there's a microwave mug cake for everyone. If pancakes are more your style, there’s help for you, too.

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Sorry you didn't win a MacArthur "genius grant" this year. Photographer Carrie Mae Weems did, though, for producing work that “investigates family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.”

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You probably didn’t make the 2013 International Best-Dressed List either, but that’s okay.

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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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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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