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Scissors on the Loose

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A Small Escape (Den Lilla Flykten). A pair of scissors is determined to escape the kitchen, and he’s taking the other office supplies with him!
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Baseball's First All-Black Lineup. The milestone was so low-key that even the players didn’t notice it at first.
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Fighting Superbugs by Hacking Antibiotic Resistance. A variety of tactic are being tested to fight ever-stronger bacterial diseases.  
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The state hardest hit by the opioid crisis thinks it has a solution. A new pain-prescribing algorithm may help, but what West Virginia really needs is jobs that don’t tear one’s body apart.
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PodShare is not a cult, but it is weird. It’s a hostel with no space and no privacy with people lining up to pay $900 a month.
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The real reason men grow beards. It’s not to impress women, but to impress other men.
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How to identify any language at a glance. But only if you bookmark this handy reference.
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11 Mental Floss Contributors Who Wrote Great Books. When you catch up on the internet, you should read them.

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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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