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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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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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