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Not-So-Scary Movies

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Some scary movies are more likely to induce nightmares than most—but not these ones.

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For coffee aficionados, here’s a handy visual comparison of the right grind levels to achieve your perfect cup of coffee, from extra coarse for cold brewing to medium for drip to extra fine for Turkish – just watch your caffeine levels.

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A new design for a custom toothbrush that can power through your dental hygiene routine in six seconds means you’ll have to come up with new excuses for your dentist next time.

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What’s on glam rocker David Bowie’s bookshelf?

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It’s bad enough, as a celebrity, to fall down once and have a paparazzo with good timing immortalize the moment; it’s infinitely worse to have your graceless tumble turn into the latest meme. Poor Scarlett Johansson.

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Make art, not war: these Stormtrooper helmets redesigned as art pieces are more fashion-forward than Emperor Palpatine’s army might be used to.

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In an era of fast-moving montages, the long take is an underutilized film technique that still packs a punch. Movies like Children of Men, Oldboy, and Citizen Kane knew what they were doing.

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Dolphins: maybe not as smart as we thought.

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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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