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The Teeny Tiny History of the World

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Pared down, the history of the world can fit into a book the size of someone's thumb.

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Want a little light reading over lunch, but forgot to bring a book? Thanks to author Jonathan Safran Foer, a Chipotle burrito now comes with a side of story, with original works by the likes of Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Foer himself printed on the fast-casual chain's paper products.

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In 1611, astronomer Johannes Kepler interviewed 11 candidates to be his future wife. He failed to connect with any of them, but he could have been much more successful if he'd applied the correct mathematical strategy to solve "The Marriage Problem."

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Photography has come a long way since the very first color photographs of the United States.

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Director Zack Snyder just released the first promotional image for his upcoming Batman movie, featuring the Caped Crusader in a batsuit that is both new and borrowed from the costumes of a long line of predecessors.

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No one is surprised that A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin writes all his books on a DOS computer from 1987 without spellcheck, because of course he does.

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Plain apples and oranges are getting a bit of a makeover, as gardeners get creative with uniquely bred fruits and vegetables that won't be found at the local supermarket.

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Flappy Bird, the addictive smartphone game that distracted everyone from the work they should have been doing until its creator took it down, is coming back.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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