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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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Liam Neeson, World's Worst Traveler. The Commuter is the latest of a long line of films in which the action star ruins transportation for everyone.

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Snow Rollers: Nature’s Winter Treat. Snow can naturally form into wheels, carpet rolls, or big boulders.

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A Former Gang Member Explains How Easy It Is to Join a Gang. It offers a sense of belonging when you don't get that at home.

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Hollywood Movies Renamed for Japanese Audiences. Some are funny, and some are better than the English title.

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Ladykillers: Murder Ballads and the Country Women Who Sang Them. The underappreciated who sang about the unacceptable eventually became hidden treasures.

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13 Quick and Easy Breakfasts to Jumpstart Your Winter Mornings. Something new will make the whole day go easier.

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11 Ways Advertisers Make Food Look Delicious. It's much more difficult than you might think.

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How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler?
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How Do You Make a Bruce Lee Fight Scene Even Cooler? With the addition of lightsabers!

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The Mysterious Origins of the First Scandinavians. The tools they left behind suggested that migration may have come from two directions.

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When Quackery on the Radio Was a Public Health Crisis. From magic bracelets to goat gonad transplants, medical marketers got rich.

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Found: The Real Bullitt Mustang That Steve McQueen Tried (and Failed) to Buy. The '69 sports car had been in private hands since after the movie wrapped.

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When Did People Start Making Bread? A short history of the staple that feeds the world.

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How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations. First off, pretend you're a man.

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The Skillet. Susannah Nesmith beautifully chronicles the legacy of her great-great-grandmother's iron cookware.

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12 Cultured Facts About the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Knowing these will enhance your visit, whenever that happens.

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