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The Technology of Phone Calls

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How a Phone Call Works: Then and Now. While I’m more familiar with the old way, you might find it stranger than cell phone technology.
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Photographer Karen Abad dressed a friend's baby up as her favorite TV characters for an adorable photo shoot. Too bad it will be many years before Olivia is old enough to watch any of them.
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Online clothing retailer BetaBrand has released a catalog of its spring collection, modeled entirely by women with Ph.D.s or who are Ph.D. candidates. The models were recruited through Facebook, and yes, they are all very pretty.
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10 Fictional Characters Who Just Might Be Psychopaths. Do we really like them or do we just envy their control and chutzpah?
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Screen Junkies presents an Honest Trailer for Frozen. It explains the Disney formula for a surefire hit musical.
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True Detective Was a Case Study in the Drawbacks of TV Recap Culture. The very complex online discussions led people to believe it was a complex show.
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Thanks to an ongoing drought, California rivers are too low and warm for salmon to navigate. If there’s no rain soon, the fish may travel from a hatchery to the ocean in trucks.
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A guy attended Magic: The Gathering and took a selfie with every butt crack he saw. It was a traumatic experience, but he may recover with time.
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How America's internet can become the fastest on Earth. Too bad this plan would be opposed by those with money and political power.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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