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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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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution
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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

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Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

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How Hoarding Works. It's not just a habit or a hobby, but a serious mental illness.

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Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

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Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

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How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

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Star Wars and the Unfortunate Ubiquity of the Final Climactic Explosion. It's happened several times already; let's see something different.

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13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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