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In Japan, catching a glimpse of a work of art can be as simple as looking down.

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It takes a creative eye and clever composition to avoid taking a photo of a famous landmark that looks just like everyone else’s, but these alternative vacation viewpoints should help to put the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and more celebrated sites into perspective.

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Is your computer in need of some geeky decorative flair? How about upgrading to a fully functioning keyboard made entirely out of Lego bricks?

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Marvel Comics has turned out a steady stream of blockbuster superhero films the past few years, but not all their ideas have been hits.  It’s probably a good thing that some of their weirder ideas never made it to the movie theater.

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It’s hard to believe, but Gilles Cenazandotti’s colorful, complex, life-size animal sculptures are made of nothing more than beach junk.

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Scientists are calling their latest dinosaur discovery “the chicken from hell.”

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Shark Tank, a TV show premised on offbeat inventors pitching their creations to would-be investors, has helped a lot of excellent ideas reach an audience—as well as quite a few very weird ones

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There’s been plenty of controversy lately over whether or not museum-goers should be allowed the privilege of snapping photos of their visits, but some museums have embraced social media for the better, with Instagram accounts that share works of art with the masses.

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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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