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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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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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