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Traveling with Lil Bub

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Internet fame and the travel it entails is exhausting for Mike Bridavsky. But it's been good for his cat Lil Bub, who is getting more exercise and novelty in her life.
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29 Breathtaking Día De Los Muertos Photos. The Mexican Day of the Dead is observed on November 1st and 2nd.
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With the sequel Thor: The Dark World opening November 8th, it's about time Thor got the Honest Trailer treatment. Yeah, it was goofy, but worth watching on home video just for the eye candy.
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A bus driver spotted a woman about to jump off a bridge. His security camera recorded how he intervened to save her life.
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Pop culture critic Jason Bailey now understands how your point of view changes when you become a parent. And it happens virtually overnight.
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The Simpsons' couch gag this coming weekend is a spoof of The Hobbit. Getting  to the couch is the epic quest of a lifetime.
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Tiny Plastic Beads Are Invading The Great Lakes. We need to stop putting plastic in facial scrubs, since they go down the drain, but aren't biodegradable.
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The FAA has given its blessing to airline passengers using electronic gadgets during takeoff and landing. Which raises the question: why was there ever a restriction on them?
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Is Forrest Gump's cross-country run even possible? The experts look at several factors and give their opinions.

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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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