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What’s in a McNugget?

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McDonald’s insists that Chicken McNuggets really are made of chicken, and they have a video to prove it. Go on: it’s really not that bad.

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Those who find Les Misérables too much of a tearjerker might be interested in the Muppets’ take on it: Les Mousserables, “the story of Jean BonBon, a French guy who was very sad because he had no cookies.”

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Everyone has chased it at one time or another: the elusive quality of being “cool.” “American Cool,” the latest photographic exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, tries to pin down just what that je-ne-sais-quoi is, and more importantly, who has it: 100 American icons ranging from Raymond Chandler to Patti Smith, Paul Newman to Toni Morrison, Muhammad Ali, James Dean, and Missy Elliott.

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A conversation that begins with, "Hey, do you have a minute to talk later?" never ends well.

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Sure, you think you know Mean Girls backwards and forwards, but can you guess these famous lines, verbatim, just from a single GIF of the scene in question? (Bonus points for not counting how many letters are in each word.)

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Compared to previous Winter Olympics host cities, Sochi is bigger, though not the most populous; hosted the longest torch relay both in days and in distance; and spent a whole lot more money than anywhere else.

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Over thousands of years, the human body has evolved to create such fine specimens as ourselves today, but we still haven’t worked out all the kinks: blind spots, ADHD, and a fondness for sweets are a few of the “design flaws” that Homo sapiens must endure.

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What are your odds of competing for Olympic gold someday? Probably not great.

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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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