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A Bit of A Mess

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It’s A Bit of A Mess

Who would have ever thought that trading actual money for lines of code in a computer would be a poor financial investment

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Making Good Time

Take a video tour of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the official time we all use is maintained.

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Be Big

If time and the universe and everything contained therein make you feel small and insignificant, allow Neil DeGrasse-Tyson to explain why you shouldn’t.

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Justifying Your Pig Out Session With Math

Here is why you should always order the bigger pizza. I did that very thing last night. I’m a regular Pythagoras.

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Why All the Questions?

How did Jeopardy come up with the backward answer-question format? Ken Jennings explores the origin.

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How the Beginning Should Have Ended

Here is how Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins should have concluded.

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David vs. Goliath: Basketball Edition

In this entertaining video a 7-foot tall basketball player uses his vastly superior height to show up a little kid. Then the kid comes right back and uses his vastly inferior height to embarrass the guy right back.

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Why Land on the Moon?
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Why Land on the Moon? A 1963 article lays out the arguments for space travel from two scientists.

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The Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook. Fannie Quigley became a legend for her abilities and hospitality.

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How to Repurpose Your Solar Eclipse Glasses. Keep them as a souvenir, or do some good by donating them to an educational charity.

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The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time. Do you agree at all with the rankings of 253 film critics?

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A Real Life Murder Mystery from 1933. Rheta Wynekoop was shot in the back, but the confession and evidence made a mess of the story.

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The Best Way To Read Tolkien's Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings Stories. You should go in the order in which the author dreamed them up.

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How America Forgot the True History of the Civil War. The story was whitewashed in the name of national healing, but it didn't really work.

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5 of History's Most Remarkable Teachers. They all deserve an extra gold star.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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