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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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5 Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
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Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

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The Top 10 National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of. One of them may be closer to you than you thought.

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The Well-Dressed Suffragist. If you're going to protest, you'll need to buy a charming new hat.

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The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

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In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are.

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The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

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Amazon's Big Gamble on Grocery Delivery. What impact could a giant competitor have on existing businesses?

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive. Tyler took office in 1841, and eventually had 15 children.

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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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