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The World's Tallest Waterslide

Actual humans test out the world's tallest waterslide—and it's terrifying. Looking on the bright side, you cannot accidentally get to the top of Verrückt in Kansas City.
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The Unwritten Rules Of Being Homeless. The culture of the group can make or break you.
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An Interview with Competitive Eater Patrick Bertoletti. “It’s like controlled bulimia. It’s bulimia where you get paid for it.”
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Fireworks Superstore Explodes in a Blaze of Irony. They should have had their fire sale before the 4th.
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I see what you did there. Thirty of the awfulest puns you’ll see today.
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How often should you wash your hair? Believe it or not, daily shampooing is a fairly modern custom.
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Tom Hanks Ad-Libbed The Best Line In Forrest Gump And 11 Other Things You May Not Know About The Movie. You know the film, but you don’t know the effects of how big it became.
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Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Jon Stewart. An excerpt from The Daily Show host’s new biography by Lisa Rogak.
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This map shows the disease most likely to kill you. The only places where people live forever are Greenland and Western Sahara.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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