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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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