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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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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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2017 College Football Preview
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Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

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The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the Royal Palace.

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The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no purpose other than to serve as a signature.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 35 Years Later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

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Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

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The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

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5 Perfect Accessories for Viewing the Solar Eclipse. And you have just enough time to have them delivered.

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This Super-Sweet Watermelon Has a Deadly History. Thieves risked their lives to steal Bradford watermelons in the 19th century.

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