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NY Times

Putting the Olympics in NYC

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NY Times

The Manhattan Olympics

These graphics drop the Winter Olympics events into the middle of the Big Apple to show their size. The bobsled course winding through the skyscrapers is great. Let’s make that happen. In the summer you can convert it to a water slide. You’re welcome.

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Autocomplete Illustrated

College Humor illustrated some really ridiculous Google autocompletes to show just what they look like. They look absurd. What the heck are people out there searching?

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From Games Past

Check out this great collection of shots from Winter Olympic games of the past.

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The Real Monuments Men

The new film is based on real events. Here’s what actually happened.

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How to End the World

There were three ways, according to the year 1962.

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To Fill the Football-Sized Gap in Your Heart

Here are the NFL logos reimagined with a metal edge. And if you’re interested, here are the teams with a Star Wars twist. Because why not?

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More Please

Here are a bunch of book and movie sequels you probably didn’t know existed.

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How Volcanoes Work
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How Volcanoes Work. The U.S. has 169 "potentially active" volcanoes, but they're not all alike.

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The Internet is Learning an Important Lesson About Service Dogs. We know you're not supposed to pet them without permission, but what if one approaches you?

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That Time the U.S. Postal Service Tried Delivering Mail By Missile. It saved neither time nor money, but that wasn't the point.

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. The world's most productive scientists and engineers worked only 10 to 20 hours a week.

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Postcards From the Honeymoon Capital Of The World. For many couples, the Poconos was where the Baby Boom began.

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The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile.’ Putting on a happy face when you're not feeling it can lead to mental and physical problems.

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A Horror Story About a Shower Curtain. Or it could be a comedy; either way, it needs to be filmed.

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What's the Difference Between a Broadway and an Off-Broadway Show? It's more than just the street address of the theater.

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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked
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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked. Watching them all will keep you too busy to argue about the ranking.

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Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World? A lot of hard work goes into making sure you don't have to think about them.

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Wollemi Pines Are Dinosaur Trees. After flourishing for 100 million years, they had to be rescued from extinction in the 1990s.

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Why the Finns Don't Want to be Happy. Despite the highest quality of life in the world, they aren't going to press their luck.

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The Heyday of Penny Restaurants. The food wasn't free, because that would rob the transaction of its dignity.

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Forget the World Cup, Let’s Play Motor-Ball! Soccer played on motorcycles was exciting, but not at all safe.

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Jeans. They never go out of style, because they come in so many styles.

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10 Star-Studded Facts About the Hollywood Sign. It's been there, off and on, since 1923.

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