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The Dieting Dachshund

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Meet Obie, The Dachshund That Lost 54 Pounds! The formerly-obese pup is one third the dog he used to be.
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Two guys commentate a glitch-plagued UFC game to perfection. Game glitches are comedy gold!
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The 10 Greatest Fictional School Principals. These long-suffering professionals are almost always buffoons in movies and TV.
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6 Books That Tell The Villains' Sides Of The Story. Each have their own rationalizations and/or excuses.
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Operation Mincemeat was a elaborately engineered plan to deceive the Axis about the Allied Mediterranean invasion. You won’t believe the lengths the British went to in order to make it work.
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A new CDC study says ten percent of Americans who die between the ages of 20 and 64 can be traced to excessive drinking. And you don’t even have to drink to be one of the statistics.
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1 In 10 U.S. Beaches Are So Polluted They're Not Safe For Swimming. The Great Lakes beaches are the worst offenders.
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10 Ways Television Has Changed the Way We Talk.
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Enlightened Neurons: Can Meditation Beef Up Brain Regions? Research shows physical changes in the brain after meditation training.
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13 ways to make your ice cream even more delicious. Try theses recipes as an excuse to go get another gallon of vanilla.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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