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If You Don’t Have A Fireplace…

Or even if you do, you’ll want to put this outstanding Lil Bub Magical Yule Log video on whenever people come to visit.

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If You’re Up Late Studying…

You might catch this hilarious infomercial for the fictional college known as For-Profit Online University. I promise it gets weirder and funnier the longer it goes.

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Picasso On A Budget

A man in Pennsylvania paid $138 for raffle tickets and won a Picasso original worth 7 figures. Is this the way art should be sold from now on?

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Game On

Time presents part one of their history of video game consoles.

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Judge These Books By Their Covers

Because they have the best book covers of the year. And here are the best movie posters of the year.

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It’s the Thought That Counts

It’s just that these gifts don’t require that much thought. Cracked runs down a list of the seven worst gifts people give every Christmas. I would add coin sorters to the list, as every single store I go in has those prominently displayed.

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Eat candy

It fights cavities! ... Huh? That’s the idea with this particular sweet treat.

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Goodbye, Mr. Oliver

John Oliver was one of the best correspondents in the history of The Daily Show, and they paid fitting tribute as he left last night.

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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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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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