Weekend Links: Superhero Science

Plenty of superhero powers are the stuff of pure fantasy; others have a surprising basis in real science. There's still a long way until Iron Man, though.

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However inconceivable it might be to forget your dentures, skis, television, or death certificate on the subway, there's almost no object too weird to have crossed the threshold of New York City Transit's lost and found.

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New Doctor, new rules: With the season premiere of Doctor Who fast approaching, star Peter Capaldi has put his foot down on certain aspects of his tenure as the Time Lord. For one thing, he says, definitely "no flirting."

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Medieval monks weren't always as straitlaced as their holy reputation would have us believe. Doodles in the margins of illuminated manuscripts indicate that even pious scribes got a kick out of the occasional poop joke.

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Coconut water's health benefits have been greatly exaggerated.

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See the world through a furry red Muppet's eyes with this day-in-the-life photo essay of a Times Square Elmo impersonator.

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There are tangible economic benefits to having a pretty face.

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100 years later, watch World War I unfold across the map of the world in just under six minutes.  For more detail, check out mental_floss's own coverage of the events that led up to the Great War. 

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August 2, 2014 - 7:00am
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