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Holiday Baking Fails

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17 Hilariously Tragic Holiday Baking Fails. Your project never looks like the magazine picture, but it rarely turns out this bad!
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2013: What Brought Us Together. Jean-Louis Nguyen's annual compilation of video clips pulls the events of the past year together -and will touch your heart.
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Statistics from the U.S. copyright office tell us which Christmas songs are the biggest. You just can't beat "Silent Night."
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For 25 years, dad filmed the kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. See those years compiled into one amazing video.
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How the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders changed the NFL forever. Now the football game is just part of the spectacle.
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This Rube Goldberg contraption starts out with Mousetrap, but eventually involves all sorts of classic toys. You betcha it took forever to set up!
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Despite what you've heard, most lottery winners are happy and well-adjusted. The stories of disaster following a windfall are mainly to make the rest of us feel better about losing.
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The first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out now. The world is falling apart, and Caesar is still not too happy with humans.
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Christmas in Australia. The customs are a little different where the holiday falls in the middle of summer.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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