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Alexey Kljatov
Alexey Kljatov

Snowflake Close-Ups

Alexey Kljatov
Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov’s ultra-magnified shots of snowflakes prove that each one really is unique—and with a little work, you might be able to recreate his approach at home.

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Plenty of so-called “craft beers” these days are actually owned by big-name breweries.

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Johannes Brahms may have been a leader in the 19th-century Austrian music scene, but even he couldn’t have predicted the day that his Hungarian Dance #5 would be so skillfully rendered by a “bellowphone”—a homemade instrument whose looks belie its complex and idiosyncratic sound.

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No matter how hard you try, you’ll probably never be able to tickle yourself. (Then again, why would you want to?)

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Want a nation to quit cigs? Hire John Cleese to do your anti-smoking ads.

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As if it weren’t enough effort to get a modern-day child to sit still in front of the camera, Victorian-era mothers wanting family keepsakes had to disguise themselves as chairs and curtains to hold their babies in place for longer exposure times, and the results are predictably eerie.

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Odds aren’t looking good for the United States World Cup team, who have drawn an outstandingly hard group of teams for their first round.

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Pantone’s official color of the year for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid.”

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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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