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Hilarious Victorian-Era Caricatures of Famous Intellectuals. The book Men of the Day shows us that poking fun at celebrities is not a new trend at all.
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Above Average brings us a one-shot short film that compresses all the common superhero tropes into four minutes of fun. The Hero Movie is like reading all the comic books at once.
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Here's Why Libraries Are More Important Than You Might Think. They are on the front lines in the fight against illiteracy.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Difference Between Weather and Climate. The analogy is him walking his dog on the beach.
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How Redditors Helped A Broke Father Watch His Oldest Son Graduate. It was a small campaign that meant so much to one family.
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Pilots and flight attendants confess dark secrets about flying. Planes are pretty safe, but far from clean.
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A judge gets upset with a public defender and offers to take it outside. Which is exactly what they do, and a few thumps later, the judge comes back alone.
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A History of Medieval Trial by Combat. It could be as gory as the TV version (contains Game of Thrones spoilers).
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If water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, why can't we breathe underwater? Maybe we could, if our bodies were a little better.
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4 powerful things con men can teach you about persuasion. These tips can work with legal and beneficial undertakings, too.

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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

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How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

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Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

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The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie. See them all play out this weekend as Solo opens in theaters.

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Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

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24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

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Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

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19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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