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Svetlana Petrova

Classic Art with Cats

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Svetlana Petrova

These famous works of art are much better with a gigantic orange cat. Russian artist Svetlana Petrova brings art appreciation into the internet age.
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The most expensive Starbucks drink yet would be $54 if this guy hadn’t gotten it free. It took him five days to consume it.
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Say Hello to the Akron Zoo’s New Baby Snow Leopards. With the species so critically endangered, the birth of twins is a significant event.
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Behold, 22 of the funniest yearbook quotes found yet. At least some of them are real.
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The 45 Top U.S. Armed Forces Movies. With separate lists for each branch of the service, even the Coast Guard.
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Watch these ants build a gecko, starting when they put the bones together. A clever use of time-lapse video in reverse.
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The Online Oversharers Problem. Those who are most open on social media are the loneliest people in real life.
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The simplest secret to happiness you'll ever find. Implementing it may take practice, but it’s well worth the effort.
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14 of Your Dog's Wild Relatives. Most are wolves and foxes, but there are a few outliers, too.

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Why Land on the Moon?
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Why Land on the Moon? A 1963 article lays out the arguments for space travel from two scientists.

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The Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook. Fannie Quigley became a legend for her abilities and hospitality.

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How to Repurpose Your Solar Eclipse Glasses. Keep them as a souvenir, or do some good by donating them to an educational charity.

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The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time. Do you agree at all with the rankings of 253 film critics?

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A Real Life Murder Mystery from 1933. Rheta Wynekoop was shot in the back, but the confession and evidence made a mess of the story.

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The Best Way To Read Tolkien's Hobbit And Lord Of The Rings Stories. You should go in the order in which the author dreamed them up.

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How America Forgot the True History of the Civil War. The story was whitewashed in the name of national healing, but it didn't really work.

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5 of History's Most Remarkable Teachers. They all deserve an extra gold star.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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