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All the Money in the World

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Everyone in the world possesses a combined fortune amounting to $241 trillion dollars. That could buy a lot of pizza.

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It's probably not necessary to run in a zig-zag pattern to escape an alligator.

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Sneak peek photos of the new Diagon Alley at Universal Studios' Harry Potter Wizarding World are out, and they look amazing. Starting July 8, lucky visitors may even catch sight of a few of these hidden gems.

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Bass players are easily the most under-appreciated of all rock stars, but that definitely shouldn't be the case.

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Older people are mostly confused about what to do with Google Glass. Regardless, the newfangled technology might be making its way to museums soon.

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A comprehensive ranking of Meryl Streep's 59 distinct roles over four decades, from worst to best, may elicit some strong opinions.

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Scientific articles – the kind published by researchers in peer-reviewed journals, not the brief summaries that make it into newspapers – can be hard for the average reader to wrap their head around. To combat scientific illiteracy, geneticist and anthropologist Jennifer Raff has created a step-by-step guide to make those sources easier to understand for anyone without a doctoral degree.

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This supposedly "better," more mathematically logical method of cutting a cake has been making the rounds recently, but it has plenty of skeptics. What happens to the frosting?

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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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