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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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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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