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The Beatles, Live

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It’s a common misconception that The Beatles were no good live. Recordings from their pre-Ed Sullivan Show days prove otherwise. No wonder this is the 50-year anniversary of Beatlemania.

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YouTube is rife with covers of Pitch Perfect's now-infamous "Cups Song," but none of those Anna Kendrick impersonators have quite such fancy footwork as this troupe of Broadway tap dancers do.

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Hopefully these edible chocolate dresses will melt in your mouth, but not anywhere else.

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Looking for a Halloween challenge? Make your own delicious peanut butter cups and stick it to Harry Burnett Reese.

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Given the opportunity to travel through space and time, it's unlikely that anyone would be too choosy about the means. For the more discerning customer, here are the nine best ways to time travel.

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Fans of The Avengers and/or Tom Hiddleston will likely be thrilled to learn that the shape-shifting trickster god Loki is canonically bisexual and gender-fluid – a step forward for diversity in the Marvel franchise.

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Before they were season regulars, Saturday Night Live performers had to undergo the infamous screen test for producer Lorne Michaels.

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Present-day Stephen King's best advice to his 16-year-old self could be summed up, simply, as "Don't do drugs."

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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