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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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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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