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The words dished out to finalists in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee were no joke. Can you do as well as the contestants did?

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Controversial opinion: is Batman not as great as everyone thinks he is? Discuss. 

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Some will find this trivial, but the nitpickiest among us may feel a tiny, smug thrill that the New York Times had a typo in one of its front-page headlines. 

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Warning: this 20-minute supercut of every single time Nicolas Cage has laughed in a movie may be too much for some to handle. Proceed with caution. 

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The cast of The Wonder Years reunited, and they all seem very happy. 

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Ballet isn't for wimps, and the dancers of the Washington Ballet are here to prove it by demonstrating the most difficult moves in their repertoire. Do not try this at home.

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For such a small country, Belarus seems to have an outsize determination to recognize each of its citizens who is the "best" at something: being a policeman, being a milkmaid, or simply being a young couple in love

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Whether or not the sunrise and sunset in New Zealand really are better than everywhere else, this time-lapse video sure makes it seem that way.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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