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How Big Is It?

Any time I try to visualize the fact that space goes on forever, my brain immediately shuts down and decides instead to start thinking about cartoons or snacks or pretty much anything else. I’m no genius. Luckily, this video does a fantastic job of conveying important information about our galaxy in a very digestible way.

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DIY: Electric Bike

It won’t look nearly as cool, but it also won’t cost nearly as much.

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For Real

Yup, these old-timey photos are totally real, even if your brain doesn’t want to believe it.

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One Crazy Couch Bit

I know that a lot of people think The Simpsons might be past its prime, and I would probably agree. But this opening sequence created by Guillermo Del Toro is really twisted and super epic.

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Waiting For the Wedding

Stephen Colbert swooped in to help a couple whose wedding was ruined by the government shutdown. Here are some other odd reasons that couples had to delay saying “I do”. As a wise man once said: “Love is a mysterious fig.”

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

We still don’t know, but someone needs to get them back in and keep them there.

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I’m Out of Office Until…

These people cannot check their messages. So, don’t expect an immediate response.

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Famous Footwear

This poster series honors iconic character kicks.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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