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Why Shuffled Cards Are Astounding

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Card Magic

Watch this video and learn about the mathematical marvel that is unleashed every time a deck of playing cards is shuffled.

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Is This the Future?

Surgeons are successfully implanting 3D printed skulls and planning to put people into suspended animation. I’m pretty sure we’re all living in a sci-fi movie.

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That Nigerian Prince Is Really Bad With Money…

He just KEEPS going broke. An Ohio man fell for a “Nigerian phone scam” and you won’t believe who he tried to get help from in paying off the debt he racked up. I guess the very wise Michael Scott said it best.

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These Signs Are “Great”

Misuse quotation marks and you completely change the meaning of what you’re writing.

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For the Thirsty Zombie

This beer is made with BRAAAAAAAINNNNSSSS.

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Album Art

The Wu-Tang Clan is about to release a new album, but they are only releasing one copy of it. Seriously. They are only going to create a single copy and sell it for millions of dollars as a piece of original art.

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Speaking of Rap...

These mashups of classic literature and rap lyrics work surprisingly well together.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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