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Less-Than-Amazing “Facts”

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A little fact-checking uncovers the unhappy truth that Snapple’s “Real Facts” are questionable at best.

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Author Alice Munro has just become the first Canadian in history to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and only the 13th woman in 112 years. This beginner’s guide is a good start for anyone unfamiliar with the famed storyteller’s work, as are these five classic stories.

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Here’s a cheat sheet to the rest of the Nobel winners you need to know for dinner table conversation.

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Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, Gravity, is a hit with critics and at the box office, but it’s not doing so well in the science department. Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson fact-checked the movie via Twitter and found it lacking; American astronaut Scott Parazynski weighed in as well. Both of them, however, still enjoyed the movie.

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Google’s global offices could put anyone’s corner desk to shame. Between the massage chairs, putting greens, juice bars, and even a private monorail, it’s a wonder those programmers ever get any work done.

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The ladies from Game of Thrones get an Art Nouveau makeover in artist Elin Johnson’s latest series of work.

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Some words lost to history might do well if they ever attempt a comeback. “Snollygoster” just has such a ring to it.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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