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Dallas + 50 Years

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The History Channel will be "live" Tweeting John F. Kennedy's visit to Dallas, 50 years after it happened. The timeline will be much less confusing and tear-stained this time around.
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36 Stunning Color Photos Of The Kennedy White House. The picture of John-John at the controls of Marine One presages another family tragedy to come.
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Alex Chacon took a little motorcycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. You can go along, too, through the magic of his helmet-cam.
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A new island was born this week, just south of Japan. Japanese authorities won't name it until they are sure it will stick around.
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Flavorwire’s 50 Songs Guaranteed to Make You Cry. Save this Spotify playlist for a time you want to wallow in misery and self-pity.
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Retailers are pushing Black Friday sales earlier and earlier—in some cases, to even before Thanksgiving. It's a desperate move to get the spending money you don't have.
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13 Famous Book Characters You Just Want To Slap. They are often what makes you keep reading the story.
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The posthumous Scottsboro pardons: Too little, too late. The best it can do is to remind us of the shameful past.
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11 Facts (from last year) About the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons—And What It Takes To Inflate Them.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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