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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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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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