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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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Win Big Prizes!

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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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