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Free the Pinball Machines

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In the 1930s, Oakland, CA banned pinball, which was considered a form of gambling. That ban wasn't lifted until this summer. A local Radio Shack is holding a month-long tournament to celebrate.

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Think having a baby is expensive? Just wait till he gets a little older—kids get more expensive every year and the total cost (before college) is staggering.

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A New York City stylist puts his skills to use giving homeless people free haircuts on the weekends.

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It's not just wet grass: There are a lot of factors that contribute to the unique smell of a rainstorm. Check out this video from PBS to find out where the smell comes from.

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For some people, carousels never lose their appeal. If you can't get enough of these carnival staples, take a look at a few of the most dreamlike carousels from around the world.

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English has more vowels than you know—and we're not just talking about "sometimes Y." So how many are there, exactly?

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You can learn a lot from reading great literature. But if you'd like to streamline that process, here are 25 specific nuggets of wisdom pulled from classic books.

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How to Enjoy Baseball When Your Team Really Sucks
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How to Enjoy Baseball When Your Team Really Sucks. There's always something good to focus on.

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Two Centuries Before Mandela, This Xhosa Hero Died Escaping Robben Island. Makhanda was arrested in 1819.

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Nikola Tesla's Cat and Other Feline Fascinations. Quite a few cats have left their mark on history.

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The Best Notes Found in Used Books. The marginalia includes criticism, recommendations, dedications, out-of-context communications, snark, spoilers, secret code, and jokes.

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Batman Wants To Join the Marvel Universe. But is he good enough to get in?

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See the Winners of the Dog Photographer Of The Year Awards. Judging must have been difficult, because they are all good dogs.

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These Drawings By J.R.R. Tolkien Bring Middle-Earth To Life. Was there no end to the man's talents?

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10 Travel Apps for Trotting the Globe on a Budget. The internet is a shortcut to finding the best bargains, no matter where you are.

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How James Cameron Crafts Perfect Sequels
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Aliens and Terminator 2: How James Cameron Crafts Perfect Sequels. There's still no hope for another Titanic story.

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How Exactly Does Binary Code Work? Learn how "off" and "on" leads to everything you see on the internet.

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25 Years Ago, Sleepless In Seattle Found the Romantic Hiding in the Cynic. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks made a love story in which the principals didn't meet until the very end.

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When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity. Unexpected results happen so often that support groups have formed to help people deal with the trauma.

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33 Clever Copycat Recipes For Your Favorite Chain Restaurants. These are particularly helpful when you live far away from those eateries.

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How Inclusive are Beauty Brands Around the World? Depending on where you live, you might not be able to find foundation makeup that matches your skin color.

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Community Plumbing: A Tribute to the Neighborhood Hardware Store. They are a reminder of how real-world skills can be developed to fix what's wrong.

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10 Movies That Were Banned in China. Some of the reasons might have you scratching your head.

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