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Women in the Marines

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The first three women ever have graduated from Marine Corps infantry training. But they still have to wait two years to be assigned to a combat unit.
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Despite having died in 1997, Chris Farley is the number one choice to portray Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the inevitable movie. And that movie has already been made.
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10 Legendary Celebrity Parties. Magic happens at the intersection of celebration and public relations.
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Watch these guys show off amazing beer pong trick shots. That's what you go to college for, after all.
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How To Win Every Thanksgiving Argument. The downside is that you might not be invited back next year.
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The 35 Most Touching Photos on the Internet. You'll smile one moment, and then cry in the next.
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A seven-second video clip of a horse running on a treadmill is pretty strange. What's even stranger is that the mare has become famous for it.
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SNL traveled back to the 1980s for a skit based on a one-hit wonder. For fans of The Outfield, it was catnip and giggles.
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Rube Goldberg’s Nutty Inventions Neatly Skewered Our Technocratic World. His illustrations of the least efficient way to do anything have been making us laugh for 100 years.
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10 Things That Have Deflated the Macy's Parade. A production that big cannot be perfect every year.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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