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Game of Thrones Returns

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The Ethics of Loyalty: Game of ThronesStartlingly Contemporary Moral Compass. The actions of every character make one think about what they might do in such a situation.
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Game of Thrones is a favorite among cosplayers. Here are 21 cosplayers all decked out as proof.
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The “Honest Trailer” for Game of Thrones was written by fans of the female breast (so it may be NSFW). Otherwise, it's pretty funny.
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Here are the baby versions of animals that represent every state of the U.S. I don’t know why Kentucky got a gray squirrel, considering all the lovely Thoroughbred colts we have.
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A new tick-borne disease called Heartland Virus is striking more and more people. It won’t kill you, it just makes you feel like death warmed over.
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A 19th Century Guide To Courtship And Marriage in a series of stereographs. This was state-of-the-art storytelling before moving pictures became all the rage.
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How to flirt, according to science. It takes just a little practice and guidance to master this almost-lost art.
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14 Great Names for Bugs. Entomologists sometimes get a chance to leave a pun in the annals of science for eternity.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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