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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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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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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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