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The Dark Past of Dr. Seuss

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Open Culture

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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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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