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The Presidential Turkey Pardon

The White House wants us to vote on which turkey will receive the customary presidential pardon. It brought attention to the tradition, but most everyone thinks its pretty dumb.
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You think Americans are bad at naming all the states on a map? Wait until you see how the British do on the US map!
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Michael Jordan's Chicago home is up for sale to the highest bidder. Take a look inside the 56,000 square foot house and see what you think it's worth.
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9 True Crime Books That Will Absolutely Disturb You. I've read enough of them to vouch for the accuracy of this list.
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8 Memorable TV Scenes That Were Improvised. Record everything, because you never know when genius may strike.
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The War on Thanksgiving. Black Friday was bad enough, but now retail workers have to give up their holiday to satisfy the race for Christmas shopping dollars.
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Friendly reminder: Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Two stories that didn't pass the smell test ended up in the mainstream media before all the facts were in.
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Out of the Ordinary Thanksgivings. Stuff happens, but when you just go with the flow, you can end up with a holiday to remember and cherish.

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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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