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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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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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