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Alexey Kljatov

Snowflake Close-Ups

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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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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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