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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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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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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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