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And You Think Your Car Is Cold

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Don’t Turn On the Heat

The car is frozen. Literally. This is a fully functioning car made of ice blocks. Not such a great summer ride, though.

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The Future of the Past

Check out these things introduced at CES conventions of the past. Never seen a lot of them.

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She's Ready For Prime Time

SNL has hired a new cast member, and she’s really funny.

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The Greatest Jeopardy Category Ever

What is Alex reciting rap lyrics?

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The Most Childish Talk Show Ever

Back in 1997, Conan O’Brien hosted an episode of Late Night with an audience made up entirely of children. It’s really entertaining to watch.

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Too Good to Be True

These photos are famous and amazing and … fake.

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January 7, 1789: Old Splinter Teeth Wins

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago today the Electoral College gave the first Presidential term to George Washington. And, by the way, I was just kidding earlier. I know he never had wooden chompers.

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Today’s Grab Bag Link

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Why Land on the Moon?
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Why Land on the Moon? A 1963 article lays out the arguments for space travel from two scientists.

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The Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook. Fannie Quigley became a legend for her abilities and hospitality.

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How to Repurpose Your Solar Eclipse Glasses. Keep them as a souvenir, or do some good by donating them to an educational charity.

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The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time. Do you agree at all with the rankings of 253 film critics?

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A Real Life Murder Mystery from 1933. Rheta Wynekoop was shot in the back, but the confession and evidence made a mess of the story.

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The Best Way To Read Tolkien's Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings Stories. You should go in the order in which the author dreamed them up.

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How America Forgot the True History of the Civil War. The story was whitewashed in the name of national healing, but it didn't really work.

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5 of History's Most Remarkable Teachers. They all deserve an extra gold star.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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