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Arachnophobes might want to consider moving to the suburbs.

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Penguin Essentials released 10 gorgeously designed new book covers for classic novels. Judge away.

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Ferguson, Missouri's schools are closed in the midst of crisis, but their library remains open, setting an inspiring example of a community that will find a way to educate its children, no matter what.

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It's a pelican! It's a seahorse! It's a blossoming flower against a white background! It's...a model, cleverly painted to look like all of those things.

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It's no use trying to convince a ketchup devotee to ditch the Heinz. There's literally nothing in the world quite like it.

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A great haircut can practically turn someone's life around, so one hairdresser gives back to his community by offering free haircuts to the homeless, whose before-and-after transformations are payment in themselves.

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How much would you pay to see your favorite NFL team play -- and win -- live? Some teams' ticket price-per-win ratios offer fans a relative bargain; others will really have to pinch pennies to witness a winning touchdown in person. Sorry, Chicago Bears fans.

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Two-letter words are the key to Scrabble success.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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