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Baby Bao Bao

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The National Zoo's panda cub Bao Bao will go on public display for the first time later this month. See pictures from the Media Day event as she prepares for her big debut.
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You Know It’s Seriously Cold When…  escaped prisoners turn themselves in and polar bears can't go outside and play.
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Six Things You Can Do When It's REALLY Cold Outside. Looks like fun -except for the swimming.
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A Star Trek Fan Spent $30,000 Turning Her Basement Into The Starship Enterprise. Good luck ever getting the kids to move out now.
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14 Tips on How to Write for an Hour. Get in the habit, and those hours may become a career.
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Gorgeous Vintage Illustrations of Dickens Novels in Full Color. It's enough to make you want to read The Old Curiosity Shop all over again.
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Just another day on an Australian river tour, where everything wants to eat you. Aww, those crocodiles are just looking for a little love.
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Every movie dance scene is better with the Pointer Sisters. Watch them joyfully strung together with "The Neutron Dance."
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'Tis the season -and the weather- for turkey bowling in International Falls, Minnesota! At these temperatures, rolling a turkey down the sidewalk doesn't even make it inedible.
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How to keep warm outside: 5 science-based tips. My preferred method: stay inside.

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Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta
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Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta. A perfect ending to the first great movie trilogy.

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It Wasn't Easy Being Green for These Mysterious Children in 12th-Century England. The village of Woolpit has never been the same since.

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The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos. If you had an email address in the late 1990s, you probably received a video file titled “badday.mpg” at least once.

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The Contentious Burial of Bo-Bo, the Blenheim Spaniel of Civil War Hero General Daniel E. Sickles. His relatives didn't want the beloved dog interred in the family plot.

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Here's Why Your Body Stores More Fat in Certain Places. Hormones do it, but in an insanely complicated manner.

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Butterfly Breeder Romy McCloskey Saw One Emerge from its Chrysalis with a Torn Wing. So she got her tools together and performed a wing transplant.

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How to Get Your Procrastination Under Control. It's a matter of valuing the things you need to do.

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19 Times That Actors Have Been Injured On Set. Some of the scenes were then included in the finished film.

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Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events
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Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events, Astronomy Fans. The heavens are going to put on quite a show.

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Do Audio Books Count As Reading? A visually-impaired writer shares the joy and shame of listening to books.

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Why Hobbies Make You Happy. We need to define ourselves as more than how we earn a living.

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This Optical Illusion Is Just Four Blinking Dots And It's Still Breaking Our Brains. Are they jumping up and down, moving from side to side, or spinning in a circle?

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Lucrative Lemons and Oranges in Sicily. A scholarly article traces the rise of the Mafia to the discovery that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.

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Weird Beauty Hacks of Yesteryear. The drive to be attractive sent us down some strange and desperate paths.

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Eighteen Species of Tweezer-Faced, Spider-Slaying Pelican Spiders Discovered in Madagascar. Their misshapen heads act like salad tongs to seize their prey.

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Where the Mind's Eye Can't See. Exploring the very real limits of human imagination.

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