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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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Breaking Bad: An Oral History
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The Oral History of Breaking Bad. The people behind the groundbreaking show tell its story to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its premiere.

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Why We Didn’t See the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson explains that there's nothing nefarious about their absence.

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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets. Sailors have been accompanied on voyages by dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other animals—and not all of them were for dinner.

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A Neopets Romance. This married couple met online when they were 10 and 12 years old.

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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters. Michigan State University surveyed 3514 adults about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war.

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Why Paris’s Greatest Art Nouveau Metro Stop Is No More. The Bastille station was the greatest of 141 metro stations designed by Hector Guimard at the turn of the 20th century.

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Your Coworkers are Not Your Friends. A bit of formality is appropriate among people who did not choose who they spend all day with.

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10 Graves That Are Remarkably Secure. They keep grave robbers out and zombies in.

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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?
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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You? No, but there's a reason behind why people still think so.

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10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration. Every wave of newcomers has encountered resistance from those already here.

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21 Facts You Might Not Know About Rodney Dangerfield. He got no respect, but we'll never forget him.

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Watch a Man Build a Log Cabin by Himself in Four Minutes. It actually took months, but this is a fascinating yet relaxing time-lapse version.

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How Montana Gold Rushers Literally Threw Away a Fortune in Sapphires. Yogo Gulch still produces some of the finest sapphires in the world.

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New Details Emerge About Solo: A Star Wars Story. Including an official synopsis.

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The Starbucks Logo Has A Secret You’ve Never Noticed. She was too perfect to be real before a small design change.

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8 Major Milestones in Facial Transplant Surgeries. What was recently thought impossible has been accomplished quite a few times.

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