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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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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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