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Kurosawa Without Samurai Swords

One of Kurosawa’s greatest films features zero samurai swords. Why you should watch the 1952 film Ikiru.
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Meet the people who may someday live on Mars. Nine who survived the first cut for the Mars One mission share their application videos.
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Cable companies are fighting back against people who drop cable and watch TV on the internet. Or at least they're trying to charge you money for watching TV on the internet.
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Could you sum up your thesis in one sentence? I bet it's not as funny as these.
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This guy recreates classic movie scenes with his boss's dog. It must be nice to have such free time at work, and a boss with such a sweet, patient dog.
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James Avery, the Fresh Prince's Uncle Phil, died on New Year's Eve. In his memory, watch the glorious time he crashed the set of Family Matters.
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The Curious Case of Countries Where Being Gay Is a Crime. In some places, you could be executed if someone found out.
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All the films you should see in January and February. A guide to the best offerings in the worst months for movie releases.

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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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