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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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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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