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Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Spice

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It’s pumpkin spice season, thanks to a decade of the famous Starbucks concoction sold exclusively in the fall, and the craze is all over the place. With 20 million PSLs (“pumpkin spice lattes,” for the uninitiated) sold every year, it’s safe to say this cinnamon-y trend is here to stay.

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“Pumpkin spice” may not include any actual pumpkin flavor, but these comically large, award-winning pumpkins provide more than enough squash to go around.

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Macro or Micro? It’s harder than expected to guess the difference between zoomed in electron scanning microscope images and zoomed out landscape photography.

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We’ve long passed the point where the film industry pretends that the majority of its material isn’t sourced from previous works, but with a glut of page-to-screen adaptations hitting theaters this holiday season, which one is right for you?

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Better than a baby photo album: one tech-savvy dad’s selfies with his three-week-old daughter will make for wonderfully embarrassing memories one day.

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Take a break from your busy life and quietly admire these photos of the Welsh countryside at night for a while.

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You might want to rethink your Internet security habits, or lack thereof.

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What would you do if Banksy tagged your house?

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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