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Oscar Predictions

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Oscar 2016 predictions: A definitive guide. Bookmark this and check back on Sunday night.
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The 10 Oldest Known Diseases. We’re still finding them in archeological digs.
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How Two “Slavery With a Smile” Controversies Are Changing the Conversation About Diverse Children’s Books. You just can’t make slavery into a birthday party.  
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The Director and Star of The Witch Talk about Puritan Horror. For them, demonic happenings were perfectly believable.
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This Hedgehog Is So Fat He Can’t Even Roll Up Into A Ball Any More. They named him Jabba.
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Argentina airlifted a pregnant women to its Esperanzo Base on the Arctic Peninsula in 1978 so she could give birth to the first baby born in Antarctica. That still doesn’t mean they own the continent.
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You've Never Seen The Milky Way Look Quite Like This. European Southern Observatory (ESO) presents new images taken with its APEX telescope in Chile.
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Orchids: Masters of Plant Pareidolia. It’s easy to think they’re all doing it on purpose.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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