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The Government Shutdown

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Everything You Need to Know About the Government Shutdown. A link roundup of information you may need in the days ahead.
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If serious subjects are just too much right now, here's a video of a cat eating with a fork.
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Breaking Bad ended the anti-hero genre by introducing good and evil. A life of crime isn't all victimless fun and games, no matter how much you identify with the main character.
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Man Named Fudge Charged with Stealing Ice Cream. He took the concept of nominative determinism a little too seriously.
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This Is What A Year Of Breast Cancer Treatment Looks Like. An appropriate way to enter Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Marina Shifrin quit her job at Next Media video, by posting a dance video under a text explanation. We hope she already has another job lined up at a company that doesn't care about pageviews.
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Video from the series Archer is set to the music of MacGyver. They really should use this music all the time, if they could get a new clean copy.
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12 traditional dances from around the world. Illustrated with large photographs of people who are good at dancing.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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Charlie Chaplin's Buried Treasure
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How Charlie Chaplin’s Wife Saved His Backyard Fortune. When he was banned from the U.S., a lifetime of Hollywood earnings was at risk.

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The Story of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. It was a graveyard smash!

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How the Real Madame Tussaud Built a Business Out of Beheadings. Marie Grosholtz was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the public's fascination with celebrities.

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24 Events From Stories That Are Completely Different On Film. The source material is often enhanced for more excitement on the screen.

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Exploring Cairo’s Ghost Mansions. The abandoned monuments to colonialism have their own haunting beauty.

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Warming Oceans May Make Nemo Harder to Find. When the sea anemones go, clownfish and other fish species will have no place to nest.

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Eight Places to See Amazing Fall Foliage Outside of New England. Your autumn road trip may be shorter than you think.

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12 Pun Costumes for Halloween. For when you want to spend the holiday explaining yourself and hearing people groan.

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