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The Story of Times Square Costumed Characters

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Tyler Merbler

“I Never Imagined I’d Be Doing This.”

You don’t see "Times Square costumed character" at Career Day. Here is the story behind the people who don costumes in NYC’s tourist mecca.

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Take the Quiz

How well do you know the national parks?

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Just Put That Anywhere

Learn about the psychology that drives us to litter.

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Love At First Photobomb

A bride is discovered in the background of one of her husband’s family photographs taken 11 years before they met when they lived nowhere near one another. Now that cameras are everywhere, we might start seeing cases like this more often.

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Explain the Pain

This article details the most painful torture devices of the Middle Ages.

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Right on the Money

Take a look at 29 charts that explain the financial lives of Americans.

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The Geography of Hate

This map shows which sports teams are reviled in each different pocket of America and the world.

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Japan's School Lunches Are Some of the Best in the World
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Japan's School Lunches Are Some of the Best in the World. Mealtime is considered part of the students' education.

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Russia’s Cross-Dressing War Hero. Nadezhda Durova impressed Tsar Alexander I and earned acceptance for being an "interesting" woman.

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Who Really Invented Calculus? An account of the feud between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

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The Best Way to Watch All of Star Trek. A viewer's guide to catching up on all 600 hours of Star Trek in TV and film (or at least the hours worth watching).

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A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest. The Ford Motor Company built Fordlândia to manage a rubber tree plantation that produced no rubber.

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How to Find the Specs for Any Device You Own. You might want to jot them down so you'll have them handy for tech support.

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The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art. C.M. Kosemen shows us what artists might think contemporary animals would look like if they only had skeletons to go by.

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The Limbless Magician of 18th Century London. Matthew Buchinger was a master at sleight-of-hand, even though he had no hands.

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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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