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Character Actors You Should Know

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Nick Wanserski

Scene-stealers and familiar faces: A field guide to 19 of today’s best character actors. Get to know them, because you’ll see them again and again.  
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A Shadow From the Twin Towers: The Story of Alicia Head. Head's elaborate lies carried her to the top of a 9/11 survivors' group, despite the fact that she was out of the country that day.
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A Modern Treasure Hunt for Manhattan’s History. Finding one of John Randel’s 200-year-old surveyor’s bolts is a nerdy but glorious occasion.   
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Why You Feel Like a Fraud and How to Overcome It. You may suffer from Imposter Syndrome, but don’t worry, everyone else does, too.
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Parkour gets sexy thanks to amazing #StreetPole dancers. Feats of strength and grace have escaped strip clubs to go public.
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Storing data in DNA would solve the world’s information storage problem, if we can get the cost down. The real problem would be if someone decided to use it in a cloning experiment.  
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The 20 Craziest Things Discovered on Google Earth. The world is a weird place, when seen from some distance.
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This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week. It’s a tribute to those who fight for the freedom to read, namely, librarians.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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