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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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It’s Shamrock Shake season again.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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