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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 Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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