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Awesome Librarians

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In celebration of National Library Week, here are 10 Reasons Why Librarians Are Awesome. Number 11: my daughter is determined to be one someday.
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One year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, an injured survivor tells us about her year of recovery. Headlines fade, but she is living with permanent damage.
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Explore humanity’s next step. Transhumanism may extend our lives, or turn us into monsters, or both.
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A kid asked Netflix to go to the prom with him, and Netflix said yes. They got him a James Bond tux and a car and driver from Grease.
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This flight attendant's safety announcement is actually worth listening to. One planeload of passengers gave her an ovation after they finished laughing.
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Watch a guy who’s so drunk he can’t figure out how to get over a fence. He tries every way he knows, until a little child shows him how to do it.
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How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession. They could use some help, but they still discourage others from choosing that career.
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If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do? This is particularly relevant for those who live or work in or near Washington.

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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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