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Where Christmas Trees Come From

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Where Do Christmas Trees Come From? It takes real skill to fill the demands of the modern tree market.
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Who brings gifts to Europe? A map shows all the different names used for Santa in Europe.
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The 12 Weirdest Stories of Christmas. Suggested reading material when you've had too much comfort and joy.
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A few simple tips to help your food last longer. If you have kids, you'll be lucky to make it last as far as dinnertime.
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Why Are We Fascinated by the Bad Art of Terrible People? Works by Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and George Zimmerman all bring big dollars for some reason.
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West Virginia Heathers: Was Skylar Neese Murdered by Her Best Friends? It's a parent's nightmare to think your own child could become such a victim -or a perpetrator.
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Conan O'Brien visited the American Girl doll store in Los Angeles. Once he buys completely into the fantasy, his doll companion becomes possessed with some sort of demon child.
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Was Johannes Gutenberg a 15th-century con man? His brilliant printing press brought him no money at all because he was always getting sued over bad investments.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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