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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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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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