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Giant Beach Illusions

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New Zealand artist Jamie Harkins creates giant optical illusions in beach sand. You’ll want to dance on them yourself!
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5 Hilariously Bad First Drafts Of Classic Books. They aren’t real, but imagining they are is encouraging to the rest of us aspiring writers.
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Kevin and Beverly are the reigning World Salsa Champions, in the 6- to 7-year-old category. Still, they dance better than anyone I know ever will.
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28 Years Later, The Animals Of Chernobyl Have Reclaimed Their Homeland... At A Price. It will be 20,000 years before humans can safely live there again.
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Here’s How Much of Your Life You’ll Spend Binge-Watching These Popular Shows. Note that you really don’t have to do it all in one gulp, marathon-style.
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Watch 12-year-old Feng Hui compete in the Freestyle Roller Skating Grand Prix in Shanghai in 2011. She’s as smooth as Michael Jackson, and has the hat to prove it.
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Why The Walking Dead is not on NBC. They suggested a slight change in the concept.
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Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report. The efforts to prohibit drugs have cost us far more than the benefits are worth.
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How to live happily ever after, according to science. It’s a matter of putting in the effort, plus a few tricks you can learn.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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