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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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Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked
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Academic Publishing is Headed for a Day of Reckoning. When you must pay to publish and then pay to read, how can we afford to learn science?

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12 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Star Wars Movie Characters. The creators have been asked time and time again where they got their ideas, and the answers range from goofy (literally) to sublime.

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The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone. It's become an arms race for unnecessary job credentials.

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2017 is the Year that Computers Became Phones. The way people use technology is driving the design of the modern desktop and laptop.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. The mathematical sketch was a personal note that became one of the artist's most famous works.

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