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Your Comprehensive Guide To Everything That’s Going Impossibly Wrong At The Sochi Winter Olympics. Toilet problems are nothing compared to worrying about getting out alive.
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Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned! Criticism of the Sochi Olympics doesn’t go over well in a land where taking offense is a national pastime.
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An Internet guide to Olympic figure skating fandom. The key word to remember is “drama.”
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A powerful Scotch whisky ad from South Africa wins a gold star from me. You may feel touched by it, but the ending is a real kicker.
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27 Weird And Creepy Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards. Are these meant as double entendres, or is it just your dirty mind?
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Watch a toddler experience rain for the first time. No fear, just infectious joy that will brighten your day.
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How did Americans manage to lose $119 billion gambling last year? Here are five reasons, which may work in combination to get people hooked.
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Today marks seven years since I began working at mental_floss. Here is the very first list I posted.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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