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There’s more nuance to a perfect hard-boiled egg than just boiling water.

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Here’s what’s going on in Ukraine. A deal has been signed, but protestors still aren’t pleased.

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Armies across the world make sacrifices every day, not least of which are home-cooked meals. Instead, they’re treated to ration packs that, depending on nationality, can contain anything from pre-packaged pork and beans (UK) and Vegemite (Australia) to duck cassoulet (France) and good old PB&J (Canada)—and now, finally, pizza that will remain edible for three years.

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Disney and Pixar movies have plucked story inspiration from all around the world, as this handy map demonstrates.

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Finding the perfect next book to read can be a struggle for both casual and committed readers. Instead of turning to one of those innumerable “what to read next” lists, try taking some more unconventional suggestions.

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Time waits for no man (or beast): These before and after photos of people’s pets growing up prove that kids aren’t the only ones who grow so fast.

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Rebecca Louise Law is no ordinary floral arranger. For one thing, she works on a scale of thousands of blooms at a time; for another, she prefers to hang her flowers from the ceiling.

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What do Justin Bieber and The Beatles have in common? Two words.

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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