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Hubble Turns 24

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Happy 24th birthday, Hubble Space Telescope! Thanks for all the awesome pictures.

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After last weekend's dyed-egg bonanza, it's not too soon to start planning for next Easter. After all, it could take at least a year to replicate these delicately carved eggshell sculptures.

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From suburbia to the heart of New York City, sitcom characters always seem to have suspiciously fancy digs for what some of them make in annual salary. Real-life real estate data hints that some of them might be a little over their heads in rent.

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With 196 officially recognized countries in the world, it's hard to remember most, let alone all of them. Test how many you can remember in 12 minutes, then check your missed answers against the map of countries people are LEAST likely to remember.

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Peter Jackson changed his mind about what to call the third and final Hobbit movie.

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Forrest Gump, critically acclaimed and widely loved as it is, features a pretty weird introduction. What if Wes Anderson had directed it instead?

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The plank exercise is excellent for building core strength, but it takes a different kind of strength altogether to hold one for as long as 16-year-old Gabi Ury did to set the new world record. Talk about a workout!

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Steve Jobs, famous control freak, told someone else named Steve that he wasn't allowed to be Steve, too. Apparently at Apple, there could only be one.

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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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