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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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