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Your Own Amusement Park

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There’s a German amusement park up for sale on eBay, but be warned: it’s long abandoned and very, very creepy.

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The Academy Awards are this weekend, and most moviegoers will have formed their opinions already, but how much does anyone know about the Oscar—the gold statuette handed to the lucky winners—itself?

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The satisfaction of finding a dog’s itchy spot can bring pleasure to both owner and pet, but no one enjoys a head massage more than this blissed-out husky.

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This painstakingly assembled supercut of “1001 Movies to See Before You Die” (plus 215 extra) was a labor of love that took its creator an entire year to put together, and is worth watching more than once.

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Oenophiles, the announcement you’ve been waiting for: pending further research, it may be that red wine possesses cancer-fighting properties.

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With the British Art Fund’s “Edible Masterpieces” collection, you can have your art and eat it, too.

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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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2017 College Football Preview
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Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

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The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the Royal Palace.

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The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no purpose other than to serve as a signature.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 35 Years Later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

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Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

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The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

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5 Perfect Accessories for Viewing the Solar Eclipse. And you have just enough time to have them delivered.

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This Super-Sweet Watermelon Has a Deadly History. Thieves risked their lives to steal Bradford watermelons in the 19th century.

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