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An Oral History of MST3K

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From the Peanut Gallery

If you love Joel Robinson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot, then you’ll love this oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Alakazam!

Check out this astounding illusionist on Britain’s Got Talent conjuring birds out of thin air.

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“Some Kind of Writhing, Oversized Ball-Pit Monster”

I love that description of the time Cleveland released 1.5 million helium balloons all at once. The pictures are strangely scary.

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Godzilla, Sort Of

Here is a homemade remake of the Godzilla trailer with matchbox cars, action figures, lots of cardboard and mouth-made sound effects standing in for the real things.

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50 Stops

Check out this list of the one tourist trap you’re missing in each state. Did they get your state’s right?

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Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane

In honor of Rubin Carter’s passing this weekend, here is the first time Bob Dylan ever performed the famous song he wrote about the wrongly-accused boxing champ.

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The Top 10

Check out Stephen Colbert appearing on the show he will take over hosting duties on next year—and delivering the Top 10 list.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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