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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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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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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

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How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

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Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

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The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie. See them all play out this weekend as Solo opens in theaters.

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Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

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24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

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Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

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19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

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