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Colbert's New Job

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Stephen Colbert has been hired to replace David Letterman. Some other talk show hosts think it’s great, others, not so much.
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Beautiful Vintage Photos of Bygone Bookstores. I wonder how many of them had a cat inside.
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Photographer Robert X. Fogarty took portraits of Boston Marathon Bombing survivors for a project called Dear World. Each person has a hand-written message displayed on their body.
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Your cat wants your undivided attention. And you have no business playing guitar when your cat wants its back scratched.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Shakespeare. He couldn’t even be bothered to teach his kids to read.
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The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot. “CBP enjoys these really unique policing powers that would violate the constitution in any other party of the country.”
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You’ll love this compilation of baby sloths making their little squeaking noises. You just want to hug them all!
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How to insult people in Italian: GoodFellas edition. A story can have a much deeper meaning when you know the culture behind it.
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7 last-minute tips for tax procrastinators. Factor in time to do everything you need to do, and you should get started yesterday.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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