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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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The Many Deaths of the Joker
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The Many Deaths of The Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

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The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

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Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the reassembled atoms at the other end are the real you.

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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

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The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System, with a justification for each. Earth needs some help to regain its formerly stellar reputation.

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The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body image issues of strangers every day.

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America's Flood Epidemic. Houston has seen three "500-year floods" in just the last three years.

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11 Strange Battlefields Where the Cold War Was Fought. There was no competition too inconsequential for the U.S. And the Soviet Union.

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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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