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Are Space Elevators Possible?

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Up, Up and Away

Are space elevators really possible?

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Capital Laughs

The world of politics received a few much-needed laughs yesterday when Seth Rogen peppered his introduction to a very serious talk with a few lighthearted jokes, and President Obama announced the building of a superhero.

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For Your Reading List

Our friends down the hall at The Week launched something called Speed Reads today. If you want to know what's going on in the world but don't have mountains of available time, bookmark it.

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Driving People Crazy

Here are 10 of the best car pranks of all time.

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Stand and Deliver

Everyone loves a great storyteller. Here’s how you can be one.

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The Tale of Two Normans

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has combined Hitchcock’s masterful Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s awful Psycho into one single film. (Via EW)

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Dude…

Bro, yo Bro, you need to peep this app. It’s tight, Bro. It’s totes tight.

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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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