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Super Mario In the Real World

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Super Mario in Buffalo

An animator added Mario, coins, pipes, and turtles into the real world of his parents’ house. Hopefully the last image foretells a sequel video.

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Weird Wikis

There’s a wikipedia page for almost everything. Here are some of the more curious ones.

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The Ministry of SIlly Crosswalks

If you’re going to cross the street in Ørje, Norway, you’re going to have to do it silly.

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The Early Show

Listen to a 21-year old David Letterman hosting a closed-circuit radio show as a student at Ball State University.

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Google the Album Cover

Take a classic album cover, drop it on top of Google Street View images and here’s what you get.

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When You Die

This animated video shows what happens to your body when you die and get buried in the ground, and it somehow makes the entire idea much more comforting.

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Funny Money

Go beyond bitcoin by learning about these nine other digital currencies. Just don’t actually invest in them.

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Oh My Godzilla

If you’d told me a few weeks ago that a new Godzilla movie was coming out I would be dying to see, I would have laughed at you. But this movie looks so cool, and I trust Bryan Cranston completely.

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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