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Paper or Plastic?

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There's a perpetual dilemma at the end of every grocery store checkout line: paper or plastic? Turns out, that decision is even harder than it sounds.

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29 different celebrities make cameo appearances in just this one song – or at least, it sounds like they do.

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The Google Street View camera's job is to take photos of its surroundings, but when it faces directly into a mirror, it has no choice but to shoot itself. The accidental self-portraits are both fascinating and a little bit unsettling.

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As bike riding becomes increasingly popular for practical and environmental reasons, women should be aware that there's an easy trick to make cycling around in a skirt a little less awkward.

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Google has come up with a new way for everyone to waste time online.

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This video explains just how hot dogs are made; there’s no shame in believing that ignorance is bliss.

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A map detailing all the distances traveled by various characters in Lord of the Rings makes clear just how far “there and back again” is.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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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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