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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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