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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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10 Holiday Controversies
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10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

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How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

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The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best. It's hard to disagree with such a short list, but some fans will.

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When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

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Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The documentary short Well Groomed follows two creative dog groomers through the biggest such contest at Groom Expo.

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Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

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The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

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12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

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How Animals are Excavated at the La Brea Tar Pits
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Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. See how paleontologists get those animals out of the ancient asphalt.

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Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

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Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.

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A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

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10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

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The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

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Imagining the Jellyfish Apocalypse. As the ocean's ecosystems collapse, they are poised to take over.

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What Was FDR Doing On the "Date Which Will Live in Infamy"? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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