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Weekend Links: So Many British Accents

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Don't get caught out naïvely referring to a single "British" accent—the British Isles have dozens of different ways of speaking English, each distinct but all equally British.

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Vending machines have come a long way since their cigarettes and chewing gum days.

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Body language can be tricky for the untrained observer to read, despite the widespread belief that it’s easy to tell when someone’s lying. Are you sure you could spot a liar

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Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan this week, but she leaves behind a legacy of insightful and important work that helps to illuminate day-to-day realities in the Middle East.

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Former president and current hobbyist painter George W. Bush has turned back to politics, but only as the inspiration for his latest exhibition, featuring portraits of world leaders like Tony Blair and a stoic-faced Vladimir Putin.

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The first openly gay American elected official is about to be commemorated on a Forever stamp.

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If you can’t have an elaborately furnished home library stuffed to the brim with beautiful volumes, at least you can live vicariously.

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With Google's nutrition comparison tool, it's finally possible to compare apples to oranges.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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