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Rob Ford Celebrates Gold

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Canadians (including Rob Ford) celebrate hockey gold.

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There are currently 25 active interplanetary space missions, some of them launched as long ago as 1977. Where are they now?

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“Couple has passive-aggressive argument in restaurant” would make for a snoozefest of a short film, but sketch comedy troupe POYKPAC puts a clever twist on the premise by requiring their characters to speak only in movie titles—154 of them in a row, to be exact.

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Even when they’re trying their hardest to sell a house, homeowners and realtors still frequently succumb to the temptation of including photos that have nothing to do with real estate—say, of their cat, their nearest ice cream cart, some nice ducks, or themselves.

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The Jamaican bobsled team, those beloved Olympic underdogs, didn’t do so well in competition, but they do have a delightful new theme song, simply and appropriately called “The Bobsled Song,” with an entertaining 8-bit music video to match.

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How often does someone in the U.S. get a tattoo? How often does a bald eagle catch a fish? How often does a Sagittarius named Amelia drink a soda? According to a recent XKCD comic, probably more often than you’d think.

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Shower thoughts—those flashes of insight that only seem to come when alone and sudsy—are some of the most profound thoughts.

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There’s a lot of junk on eBay, but some careful searching has unearthed some authentic—if bizarre—movie props for sale to the savvy, film-loving bidder, including just one of Doc Ock’s tentacles from Spider-Man 2.

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Can you guess the book from its Library of Congress-designated keywords?

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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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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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