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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 ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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The Dancing Horses of Vienna
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Lipizzans: The Dancing Horses of Vienna. They almost did not survive World War II.

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14 Netflix Hacks That Will Change the Way You Stream. Some tricks for getting the most enjoyment for your $7.99 a month.

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This is Why You Spend So Much Time Waiting at the ER. You can shorten that time by bleeding profusely.

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6 Throwaway Jokes That Ended Up Predicting Huge Plot Twists. It's almost like Hollywood is searching anywhere for new ideas.

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How the Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks Survived the Fandom Menace. Ahmed Best landed the role of a lifetime and spent years paying the price.

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice. John Aisthorpe has been collecting pins since the Vietnam War era, and tells us the stories behind some of them.

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How Many United States Have You Visited? Make your own map to show others how many states you've seen at the Maploco Visited States Generator

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15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Pool Lifeguards. They do a lot more than sit and watch swimmers. 

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