The Story of Times Square Costumed Characters

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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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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50 Things to Know About Aquaman
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

50 Things to Know About Aquaman. To be precise: About the Aquaman movie set to hit theaters in December.

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Barbie is Now a Woke Vlogger. For a toy fashion model, her advice for young women is amazingly spot-on.

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This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood. Only about 10 percent of mammalian species provide paternal care for babies, but those who do have a better chance of survival.

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What Does a Six-Legged Robot Flowerpot Do? It seeks out sunlight, water, and whatever else the plant may need.

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Hospital Food: Unappetizing Meals for Sick People. The switch from home convalescence to feeding a variety of inpatients is the reason hospital food is so bad.

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Are You a Money Ostrich? The first step toward understanding your financial situation is to stop avoiding it.

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The Secretive Mega-Companies Behind Your Glasses. Chances are that your lenses and frames are made by two companies that control the global market.

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10 Beloved Animals From Ancient History. Their monuments have lasted thousands of years.

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Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above
Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above. Julius Neubronner lost a pigeon and developed avian photography.

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How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? More than we have now, but we can still easily destroy ourselves.

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11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. Building useful habits will make you more observant.

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A Classic Animated Film That Explores What Happens When No One Dares to Stand Up to Evil. The Hangman from 1964 illustrates a poem by Maurice Ogden.

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The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase. She was the only woman on the beach at Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

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Dirty, Dishonest, and Badly Behaved: Sophia Jarvis, Victorian Maid. Did she stand a chance in court against her abusive employer?

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8 Questionable Decisions People Have Made to Keep Playing Pokemon Go. Two years later, it's hard to understand the mania that surrounded the game.

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