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Why Skiing and Shooting?

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What's With the Biathlon?

If you saw the Biathlon at the Olympics this week, you were likely wondering why skiing and rifle shooting were ever combined into a single event. Well, there’s a reason.

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I’ll Walk, Thank You

You might have thought twice about taking the New York City subway back in the early '80s.

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Or, Better Yet, Ride A Bike

Maybe you can use one of the world's weirdest bikes.

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First Trip Through the Neighborhood

The first color episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered 45 years ago today. Check out the recap and some pics. That dude always could rock a cardigan.

He was one very wise man.

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Playing in the Backyard

This family doesn’t care for backyard football. They built a luge track out of snow. Coolest (and most insane?) parents ever.

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Do You Remember?

Is it really possible to implant false memories into the mind of other people?

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Is That A Drum Set In Your Pants or…

Oh, it is a drum set in your pants? Wow, that’s awesome. I need to get Drum Pants, so that anytime someone makes a bad joke near me, I can just do this.

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The Real King of Late Night

There has been a lot of talk lately about The Tonight Show. If you never had a chance to watch Johnny Carson host that show, you might want to watch this excellent American Masters episode about his life and career. It’s long but worth it.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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