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Kurosawa Without Samurai Swords

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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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