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The Stories Behind Iconic Film Scenes

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That Magic Moment

Here are the stories behind 10 iconic film scenes.

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Well That’s Just Sad

This Kickstarter page is raising money for one of the most depressing products I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s a plastic phone-shaped device that does nothing other than make you feel like you’re holding a phone. Because some people can’t function without this.

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This Modern World

A 10-year-old goldfish just had life-saving surgery to remove a tumor.

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All About the Midwest

This series of graphs defines exactly what the midwest is and what happens there.

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Digging Your Way Out

This video of a man deftly maneuvering an excavator out of a ditch is oddly compelling and awfully impressive.

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Books of Tomorrow

The Future LIbrary will be compiling hidden manuscripts for the next 100 years before they will be printed on trees that have only just begun to grow. The special project is interesting, but will we be printing on paper in 100 years?

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Beyond Simba

These are the Disney films that don’t get enough love. Still no appreciation for The Sword in the Stone though? C’mon.

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Smile!

Your day doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

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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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