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Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The Women of Hot Air Ballooning

Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The Women Who Rose High in the Early Days of Hot Air Ballooning. Sophie Blanchard was only the most famous of several pioneering female aeronauts.
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Why Harry Potter Doesn't Have Free Will. The time travel plot in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban holds that the future is unchangeable.
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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