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It’s the Offspring of Necessity

That’s what they say about invention. But these might prove that wrong.

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Down With Satire

If you rejoiced last night about returning to Downton Abbey, then you should also revisit these eight amusing parodies.

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Make Your Place Amazing

Does your home have an under-the-stairs reading nook? What about magnetic walls? Or an aerial cargo net? Looks like you’ve got some work to do.

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Forward in '14

These TED Talks will help you hit the ground running this year.

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This Gives New Meaning to the Word "Underground"

How do drugs get across the US border? Sure, they’re snuck through on trucks or flown in. But they may also be brought in through these crude underground tunnels.

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Awwww C’Mon Guys

A Cracked writer created a fake woman on a dating site and gave her the worst, most hideous personality she could come up with. But she was pretty, so guess what happened. NSFW

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Let the Games Continue

I previously posted a link to Time’s History of Video Game Consoles: Part One. Here now are parts Two and Three.

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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution
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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

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Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

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How Hoarding Works. It's not just a habit or a hobby, but a serious mental illness.

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Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

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Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

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How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

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Star Wars and the Unfortunate Ubiquity of the Final Climactic Explosion. It's happened several times already; let's see something different.

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13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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