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On the Verge of Lightsabers

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Lightsabers At Last

Well, sort of. But we don’t have hoverboards, or flying cars, or teleportation yet. So let’s celebrate this.

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Now That Is Devotion

You won’t believe the temple that an ex-Monk has spent 10 hours building by hand every day since 1963. And I can’t get my garage cleaned out.

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Losing Big in Vegas

Mitzi Briggs lost a fortune in Sin City in a totally different way than most people.

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Speaking of the Vegas Mob…

You can take an official Vegas mob tour. That’s just one of the entries in this list of interesting sightseeing options.

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The King Who Tried to Kill the President

Kevin Curtis is the Elvis impersonator that you may remember hearing about a while back who allegedly tried to kill President Obama with ricin. But you probably haven’t heard just how weird the real story is.

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Speaking of Ricin

You’ve gleefully devoured all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad, but did you ever see these five mini-episodes?

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Detroit’s Empty Island Zoo

The Motor City’s original zoo sits empty today.

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It Doesn’t Matter What Comes

Fresh goes better in life, with Mentos fresh and full of life.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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