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Nelson Mandela’s Prison Packing List

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After finally being released from Victor Verster prison in 1990, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela had his confiscated property returned to him. Among the items were two big umbrellas, one “large” birthday card, and a surfboard.

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The 18 states that have outlawed the death penalty have since repurposed the space used for their respective final executions as a museum exhibit, a private residence, a break room, and even a department store.

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Rather than getting caught up in the impossibility of actually traveling back in time to her own childhood, photographer Chino Otsuka simply faked the photographs.

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Artists Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have populated a tiny world with lemon lamps, marshmallow seas, and a Moon made of cocoa, and it’s a beautiful sight to behold.

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As a child, Andre the Giant was too big to fit on the school bus, so he got a ride from a surprising famous neighbor instead.

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Hershey's is issuing a throwdown challenge to Nutella.

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Disney movies have some ‘splainin’ to do.

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How does one construct the perfect compliment? Leslie Knope, as always, has the answers.

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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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