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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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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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