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The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

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Mandela: The Miracle Maker. Nelson Mandela said he wasn't a saint, but he had what it took to bring democracy to South Africa.
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How the world reacted to Mandela's death in newspapers and in social media.
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20 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The film has ties to almost every other movie Hollywood ever made.
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It was strange enough that the groom wore armor to the wedding. Then some really odd guests showed up to make it into a real spectacle.
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Cats can be real bullies. These cats have the household dogs terrified of crossing them.
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14 Holiday Gifts For Any Middle-earth Lover's Library. Surely the Tolkien fan in your family doesn't own all of these books already!
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The Glamourous and Scandalous Cats of Downton Tabby. Cats play all the roles in a charming set of photographs from the book Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly.
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The logic behind the world's 4 weirdest strategic reserves. It's always nice to have a spare steam locomotive in reserve in case you need to go somewhere.
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All Hail the Fail Whale! Yiying Lu's work "Lift a Dreamer" captured the hearts of Twitter users, even in their disappointment at the site.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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