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The Science of Smooching

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Why We Kiss

I have often wondered why kissing is a thing we do. I guess maybe there's an evolutionary reason.

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Sam Hyde Gave A TED Talk

Sam Hyde is a comedian. And he doesn’t seem to like TED Talks. So he sneaked his way into the gig and then used it to speak incomprehensibly for 20 minutes.

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Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Out!

First there was Frank Drebin. Now this guy.

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Game Changer

The National Congress of American Indians recently unveiled a campaign showing what it would look like if a sports franchise were to depict other cultures in a cartoonish way, as Native Americans are depicted with the use of mascots like the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo.

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That Was Funny?!

The things that make people laugh certainly shift over time. Need evidence? Read these jokes from a 1910 issue of Boys' Life magazine. Then again, maybe these were never funny.

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I Love These So Much I Might Marry Them

Let’s revisit these 11 artistic renderings of Pee-wee Herman.

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Well, medium-size prizes, anyway. If you fill out this survey, you'll be entered for a chance to win one of ten $25 mental_floss gift cards.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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