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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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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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