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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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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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