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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

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A federal judge has ruled that the character of Sherlock Holmes is now in the public domain. But what does that really mean?
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Spandy Andy entertains a crowd with his street dance. But a cute little kid steps up and makes it a real two-man show.
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The Most Extreme Explorers of 2013. They live lives the rest of us only dream (and read) about.
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Brooke Graham must be the most dedicated TV news reporter ever. Watch her pass out on the job and then wake up and continue the interview where she left off.
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Humans are far from the only species to enjoy mind-altering substances. Dolphins Have Found A Bizarre Way To Get High.
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Sir Patrick Stewart Demonstrates How Cows have Regional Accents. Of course, American cows sound whinier than British cattle.
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25 Things Nobody Tells You About Your First Apartment. I sent this to my kids so they'd know, and they think I'm hinting for them to move out.
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9 Books To Genuinely Inspire Your New Year. You might even finish reading one or two before school starts again.
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Snowflakes as you've never seen them before. Alexey Kljatov's photographs highlight their varying complexity and infinite variety.

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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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