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The Psychology of Scares

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Halloween is over, but the scares we endured linger. A "scare specialist" explains why some people are thrilled by horror movies and haunted houses while others prefer to hide under the covers.

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In an "utterly extraordinary" coincidence, one of J.K. Rowling's most curiously named characters turns out to have been real after all.

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The long-awaited day has come: most airlines are making moves to allow passengers to keep their phones, e-readers, tablets, and other electronics on during take-off and landing.

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Sure, that Thomas Kinkade painting at your doctor’s office probably looks fine as is, but it could use more Stormtroopers.

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Cool is an elusive enough concept, but what does it mean to be “cool” in India? China? Estonia?

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Can babies dream? Queenie Liao wasn’t sure, but created a photo series exploring what might be going through her infant son’s head that will make a very cute baby photo album someday.

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How many of the 22 most clichéd tourist photos have you taken? I’m guilty of five.

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It’s okay: the sriracha crisis has been averted. Return to your normal hot sauce habits.

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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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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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