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A Much Worse Thing to Put Your Tongue On

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Not Even On A Triple Dog Dare

There isn’t a type of dare that’s been invented that could get me to put my tongue on any part of a NYC subway car. But this kid did, as a reenactment of the famous stuck tongue scene in A Christmas Story.

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He’s Right. I Can’t Believe It.

Bill Murray is like some sort of Celebrity Sasquatch. He supposedly appears before odd subsets of people, who swear he was there and can describe exactly what he looked like and what he did. Here’s what a night with him is (supposedly) like.

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That Thomas Edison, What A Failure

I mean, besides the light bulb, the phonograph and the movie camera, what did that guy ever do right? Not these things.

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The Bestest

Check out the best TV moments of 2013, the best comedy albums of 2013, the top 10 Lifehacker lists of 2013 and, hell, the top 10 everything of 2013.

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For the Rest of Us

There’s a Festivus Google trick. Go try it or else you'll hear about it in the Airing of Grievances.

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Hysterical Strength?

Fact or fiction?

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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