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The Dark Past of Dr. Seuss

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Before Horton

Dr. Seuss created some fantastic, all-time great works of art. These World War II anti-Japanese cartoons are not among them.

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Do We Need This?

This guy is inventing a sequel to chess.

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How They Draw It Up

Here’s how an animated show goes from an idea to the screen.

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Accidental KIller

These people were all responsible for accidentally killing tons of people.

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Getting to Know A Hermit

The North Pond Hermit lived for 27 years alone in the woods of rural Maine, dropping into society only long enough to break into homes to loot food and supplies. Along the way he became a local myth that people debated the existence of. When he was caught breaking into a camping ground, one journalist started the long, difficult task of getting him to explain himself.

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Good Luck, Thieves

This brilliant new bicycle design makes bikes a heck of a lot harder to swipe.

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Your Home State Is the Worst

In this particular area.

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Ride In Style

And if you’re going to crash, crash like this.

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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