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Going Back to Gotham

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Visiting Gotham

The AV Club’s excellent Pop Pilgrims series visits the places where The Dark Knight was shot.

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Un’Familied

The sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has written a children’s book villainizing social media.

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Better Know Bob

Bob Odenkirk is one of the greatest comedy minds of the last several decades. You may know him as one half of the Bob and David team that created the legendary Mr. Show series. Or you may know that he was once a writer on SNL who created iconic characters such as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker played by Chris Farley that lives “in a van down by the river.” Or you may know him as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. Or you may not know him at all. In any case, you should check out this awesome profile of him.

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Monetizing A Maniac

Pablo Escobar unleashed untold tragedy on his home country. So, should Colombia be making money off his name?

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The Internet’ization of Famous Books

This post takes famous books and renames them in the style of internet click bait article titles. They’re very spot on.

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For Classy Cats

There is now wine for cats. I don’t know what else to say about that.

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Can’t Get Enough Calvin?

By now you've probably checked out the preview of the amazing mental_floss interview with Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. If you want more on that subject, check out this post that Ransom Riggs put together a few years back looking at Bill Watterson’s college comics.

Or: Gather your friends up and go out and play a nice game of Calvinball.

Also: Anyone that is a fan of Calvin & Hobbes should check out Pogo, which Bill Watterson cites as one of his biggest influences.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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