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The Tiny Titanic

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At the time of its glorious departure and subsequent tragedy, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship on the sea. These days, the "Ship of Dreams" barely holds a candle to the 100,000-ton cruise ship that now holds the title.

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America's execution chambers are a room no one hopes to enter. This collection of photos gathered from various sources provides a glimpse into those haunting spaces.

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Eight Muppet movies and one inimitable Muppet Show later, these are the nine funniest musical numbers from the nation's most popular puppet show.

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It's commencement season again, and with each year comes a new opportunity for the famous faces of the age to make their mark with a particularly insightful, inspirational, clever speech to the children of the future. With years of great addresses dating back to 1774 in NPR's commencement speech archive, they'll have a lot to live up to.

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Over 400,000 high-res images of public domain works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection are now freely available online.

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It’s not too soon to get nostalgic about old-school video game arcades.

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Late movie critic Roger Ebert, long-time columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, is getting a posthumous movie of his own.

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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood
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How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood. The kid from Ohio with big ears and bad teeth eventually became Clark Gable.

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The Kilopower Project Could Power a Mars Colony and Deep Space Missions. It involves small, portable nuclear reactors fueled by uranium.

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The Top 15 Game Of Thrones Episodes to Watch and Rewatch. Fans still have a lot of time to fill before the final season begins.

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Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921. It was the only joke on that page that deserved to survive.

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The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System. Pegasus, the first exoplanet, was discovered 23 years ago.

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It’s Not Your Imagination: Allergy Season Gets Worse Every Year. The changing climate is producing more pollen, and more people are allergic to it.

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Baby Pangolins Always Look Like They’re Waiting To Nervously Ask You To Prom. They're adorable, so you'd have to say yes.

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The Surprising Link Between the Deaths of Three 19th Century Presidents: James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor may have died from living in the District of Columbia.

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