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Life As A Snail

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Snails make excellent, if teeny-tiny, models for the most magical macro photography series.

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Dinah Fried’s photo recreations of the most famous meals in literature allow both foodies and litterateurs to vicariously experience the eating experiences of Holden Caulfield, Esther Greenwood, and Gregor Samsa, though some meals are sparser than others–for example, Oliver Twist’s.

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This fifth-grader is not thrilled to be “celebrating” National Poetry Month.

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Not a great dancer? Watch a series of professional dancers work their way through moves beginning with every letter of the alphabet, and by the time you get to Z, you should be ready to groove.

In a fight between Shakespeare and William Shatner, who would win?

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Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and according to pop culture, power turns children into little devil-monsters.

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Ukrainian Easter eggs take quite a bit more effort than a standard dip-and-dye egg, but the payoff (in the form of ornately detailed, extravagantly hand-decorated works of art) is worth it.

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The White House is having problems with a furry intruder.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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