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Weekend Links: Happy 113th Birthday to You

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There are only a few people remaining who were around prior to the turn of the century – the 20th century, that is. The supercentenarians are all at least 113 years old, and there are only five of them left.

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While some men may dally with facial hair throughout No-Shave November, certain male celebrities are nearly unrecognizable without their perennial mustaches.

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Yukia Ariga's folded tissue-paper animals come to life in this brief, lovely stop-motion video.

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While most public transportation regulars would balk at most invasions of their personal space, an odd but uplifting social experiment has proven that subway riders can be unexpectedly generous in letting a stranger drift to sleep on their shoulder.

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Don’t have exact change for the subway? Moscow stations will now accept 30 squats as adequate train fare instead.

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Google’s latest ad co-opts the history of the 1947 Pakistan-India partition to appeal to its growing Indian user base, but the video will elicit tears from viewers across the world.

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It’s only a matter of time before this French fry vending machine takes over the world.

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So much for “one nation, under God”: according to author Colin Woodard, the United States is really composed of 11 distinct nations, from Yankeedom to New France to the Far West.

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One World Trade Center is now officially the tallest building in the United States.

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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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