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Other Heart-Melting Wishes

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It's the story that everyone is talking about: In San Francisco, the Caped Crusader has risen out of darkness in the guise of a 5-year-old boy with leukemia, living out his dream of being Batman for a day with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Here's a round-up of other heart-melting Make-A-Wish wishes we posted in 2010.

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According to this literal pie chart of seasonally appropriate dessert suggestions, November is the perfect time for pumpkin pie.

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Michael Jordan’s Illinois estate is up for auction. Bidding starts at $29 million, but the virtual tour of the legendary basketball player’s lavish digs is free.

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The Boy Who Lived lives on in the latest line of USPS “Forever” stamps, which will feature twenty images of Harry Potter and friends, though it seems like a cruel joke for Muggle postage to star an owl.

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The Miss Universe National Costume Show takes “over the top” over the top with feathers, glitz, and possibly (hopefully) the only bedazzled Canadian Mountie uniform in existence.

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Is cheese naturally bright orange? Well, yes and no.

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Before the names Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera were instant click-bait for celebrity gossip sites, they were just humble Mouseketeers with great choreographed dance routines.

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Some of the world’s most fascinating creatures are the ones no one knows exist.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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