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Quiet That Drives You Crazy

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Crazy Quiet

Next time my sons are screaming at the top of their lungs, I will just sit back and thank them for keeping me sane. This room is so quiet that you can hear your own heart beating.

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Everyday Deadly

These foods are very common and seemingly quite benign, but each of them can also kill you. It turns out an apple can kill you, even if it wasn’t given to you by an evil Queen.

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The Internet Has Everything

You can even buy a completely fake employment history.

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Clubber Lan-Go

I wish these 1980s LEGO figures were real.

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RIP: My Productivity

This iPad game looks extremely addictive. I must find out for sure.

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Fred Flintstone Wouldn’t Lie To Me

A new study says that multivitamins are pretty much useless.

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Holy Awesome Tagging, Batman

Check out the incredible Dark Knight-themed graffiti inside this vacant building in Belgium.

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Give Credit Where Credit’s Due

Shia LeBeouf has admitted to ripping off the idea for his new short film from a very well known graphic artist. And he may have plagiarized his apology, too. What the...?

Here are four famous cases of plagiarism and the some famous comedians accused of stealing material.

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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