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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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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
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Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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