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Putting the Olympics in NYC

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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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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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