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Our Favorite Pop Culture Librarians. You honestly can't beat Conan the Librarian.
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Meet Rupee, The First Dog To Ever Climb Mount Everest. He'd never even seen snow before he accompanied Joanne Lefson to the world's highest summit.
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The Best Places in the World to See Exotic Animals. And maybe even play with them.
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Horrible dating advice from 19th century novels. Books present the world you want to be in, not the world you really live in.
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A Good Time Was Had By No One When Grumpy Cat Hung Out With Oscar The Grouch. Who wins the battle to be the more miserable of the two?
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From flagpole sitters to hippies, here are 68 captivating retro photographs of New York City.
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Finally You Can Sleep And Shower At The Same Time. Better to stay awake and enjoy every minute of lying under a horizontal shower.
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How One Therapy Dog Touched A Whole Lot Of Lives. Three-legged Kayla has enough patience for the entire nursing home.
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Lorde recorded a cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It doesn't sound like Tears for Fears; in fact it's downright scary.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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