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16 great short films shot by now-famous directors early on in their careers are proof that some artists just get it right from the very start.

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That seemingly endless expanse of clear, blue ocean is actually one large swimming pool. No, really.

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Just like at a crowded concert arena, it may soon be possible to buy standing-room-only tickets on planes. If that doesn't fly, there's also the bike-saddle-style alternative – though anyone already struggling with limited legroom might want to select a different seating option.

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Don't let the germs win: take some precautions when flying to avoid coming home with a mysterious illness in addition to that suitcase full of souvenirs.

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Stargazing, though rewarding, can be a tough pursuit for amateurs to get into; however, the winning photos from the Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest require no expertise at all to admire.

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Summer, almost inevitably, means bug bites. To better understand why mosquitoes are such a seasonal nuisance, find out what's going on under the skin when an itch needs scratching.

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Wedding planning and white-dress-shopping can be stressful, so one couple ran away to Iceland instead. Luckily for everyone else, they brought a photographer with them, who captured some stunning scenes that would put a more traditional wedding album to shame.

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In the future, everything will be typed in this font

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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