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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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