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Where American Music Happened

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See the Music

If you’re a fan of music (and who isn’t?) you owe it to yourself to checkout this fantastic rundown of American music landmarks—and then go see a few.

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The Robots Aren’t Taking Over

Mechanical workers were supposed to have taken these jobs by now. What gives?

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Stuff It

Dead Famous is a short film about the art of taxidermy.

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Katzenberg Loves Heisenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, tried to offer $75 million to get just three more episodes of Breaking Bad.

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Puny Pigskin

If you’ve ever watched the popular football documentary series Hard Knocks, you’ll probably love this pee-wee football parody, Little Knockers, even better. It even features the deep, gravely narration you expect from a football film.

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Block the Vote

This Presidential election certainly seems to have had a bit of corruption involved, especially since the government released the election results before any voting had actually taken place.

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S is for Science

Let Grover take your child through 5 interesting science experiments designed for kids. And if you don’t have any kids and want to do them yourself, that’s fine too.

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Curiosity Killed the Inventor

I always knew there was a good reason I’ve never invented anything. I don’t want to die. These people weren’t so cautious, and were killed by their own inventions.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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