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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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