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The Legacy of Twilight

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Whatever you think of the Twilight series, you have to admit it's done a lot for Forks, Washington. Take a tour of the town and see how it's embraced the role of a vampire hometown.
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What Made the Beatles Great? A combination of talent, ambition, and arrogance.
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Domino masters Milliondollarboy and Hevesh5 spent three months setting up a domino fall like you've never seen. The beauty isn't in the number of dominos, but in the clever Rube Goldberg-type things the dominos do along the way.
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Watch an entire movie in gif form, with ten to select from. Be aware that they will only make sense if you've seen the movie already.
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When the German band Rakede had to cancel concerts due to an equipment snafu, they made a video as a peace offering for disappointed fans. They still didn't have equipment, but they did have a good time.
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The 9 Types Of People Who Show Up At Thanksgiving Dinner. When everyone's invited, you take the guests you get, no matter how odd they are.
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The Touching Legacy of Tamil Nadu Conservationist Mark Davidar. Meet the Dr. Dolittle of the the Sigur Nature Trust in India.
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Two physicists have worked out the optimal way for men to avoid splashback at the urinal. Their research involved making two artificial urethras and lots of camera work.
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The secret world of cargo ships. At any time, there are 20 million huge containers of cargo on their way around the world.

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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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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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