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The Cringeworthy History of Dentistry

Bloodletting, Bone Brushes, and Tooth Keys: White-Knuckle Adventures in Early Dentistry. And you thought getting a Novocaine shot was traumatic.
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The History of the World in 15 Music Videos. Not guaranteed to be completely accurate, but more accessible than encyclopedias for the MTV generation.
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Funny or Die brings us a parody movie trailer about a dystopian world where junk food is king, but one girl stands out because she prefers apples. It stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Tyler Posey, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
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A new book brings us examples of early bad writing from good authors. This should give hope to young writers and those of us who cringe at what we wrote as teenagers.
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Can Tiny Nuclear Plants Thwart Regulatory Hell? Smaller plants would reduce construction time, startup costs, and the amount of nuclear waste to deal with.
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Fat-shaming has gone high-tech. Learn about the new devices, apps, and trackers that will nag you about your eating habits.
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This Man Changed His Name From José To Joe And Immediately Got More Job Interviews. And even worse, this surprises no one at all.
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6 things the happiest families all have in common. Leo Tolstoy said happy families are all alike, but who cares as long as you’re happy?

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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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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