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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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