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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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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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