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Admiring the Michigan Wilderness

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Congress has approved 32,500 acres of land along the Lake Michigan shoreline as the first new protected “wilderness area” in five years. If pictures are any indication, they made a good choice.

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Mardi Gras merrymakers in the 1950s were less into strings of beads and more into elaborate and occasionally bizarre group costumes.

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Ronald Reagan was an actor before he became President, a change emulated by the many actors over the years who have portrayed America’s 43 presidents on film—every single one, down to Franklin Pierce and Warren G. Harding.

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In Hikaru Cho’s food illusions, a tomato is only a layer of paint away from becoming an orange, and an eggplant is more fragile than it looks.

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Never confuse parsley and cilantro at the grocery store ever again by learning an easy trick to tell them apart. Same goes for red cabbage and radicchio, corn starch and corn meal, turnips and parsnips, and more.

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The College Board recently announced the coming introduction of a new and improved SAT, the Standardized Aptitude Test that is the bane of every college-bound high schooler’s existence. It will undoubtedly be much different than the first-ever version of the test, which you can take for yourself.

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