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It's mosquito season again, which means it's insect repellent and calamine lotion season again. Why is it that such a tiny creature can create such a massive, scratch-inducing nuisance anyway? The science of itches might help to explain.

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This absurdly simple armrest design could end that passive-aggressive elbow jostling in airplanes and movie theaters once and for all, although it still seems a bit intimate for total strangers to share. 

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A video compilation of everyday Alabama residents sharing the stories behind the most recent picture taken on their phones offers a glimpse into the diverse lives of the people texting away all around us. 

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There's a new gang of mastermind thieves on the scene in Australia, and they're after Legos—nothing else, just Legos.

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Is it narcissism or cannibalism if you eat a donut that looks like you? That's a dilemma these human donut doppelgängers may have to face the next time they head out for breakfast. 

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The most-edited articles on Wikipedia are a surprising bunch. George W. Bush, the Catholic Church, and American Idol are controversial, of course, but who knew Newcastle United Football Club fans and Blink-182 listeners were such sticklers for editorial accuracy?

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Mental Flossers tend to be big fans of Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut known for his zero-gravity cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and awe-inspiring snapshots from the International Space Station. Now Americans have their own answer to the social-media savvy explorer in Reid Wiseman, who's documenting his first time in space with gleeful abandon on Twitter.

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There may be a dark secret lurking in that oversize jar of creamy, imported Italian Nutella. Don't click the link if you don't want to know. 

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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