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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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