Behind the Die Hard Movies

The Strange History of the Die Hard Movies. No one knew there would eventually be five films, and each one has a production story.
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A single father sought tips from a cosmetology school on how to style his daughter's hair. A couple of years later, he is a hair artist, and his daughter has many Christmas styles to show off.
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Dramatizing Transience: How TV Reflects Our Shifting Concept of “Home.” We are no longer tethered to a place, or a time slot, or a network.
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AfterShock: Year One in the Life of a Comic Book Startup. A publishing company founded by writers turns out to be good to writers.
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Spy Satellites Show The Himalayas’ Changing Glaciers. Declassified data gives us forty years to line up and compare.
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What Happened to Dorothy's Ruby Slippers? There were several pairs made for The Wizard of Oz, and the pair at the Smithsonian are mismatched.
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There's a huge problem with how we judge rape cases. The concept of "reasonable doubt" leads to acquittals, repeat offenders, and reduced trust in victims.
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Contrary, Lazy, or Subversive (but Funny) Christmas Decorations. When you have some lights, but refuse to be merry.

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A Lemon Rolled for a Quarter Mile Down a Street
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A Lemon Rolled for a Quarter Mile Down a Street. And since the evidence is on video, many, many unproductive hours have been spent watching it.

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A Man Grew the World's Longest Fingernails Out of Spite. After 66 years, Shridhar Chillal finally got his 30 feet of nails cut.

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NASA-Designed Heat Shields Could Save Firefighters' Lives. Teams are carrying 40 prototypes as they battle wildfires in the American West.

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The Most Important Video Game on the Planet. Fortnite is so popular that its culture is spilling out into the real world.

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The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic Problems. Like many people, those architects assumed we would soon have flying cars.

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Want to Become an Astronaut? There's an app for that.

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10 Nutty Proposals to Save the Planet. Some could eventually lead to plausible ideas.

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12 Theme Parks Where the Danger is Real
A scene from Action Point (2018)
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12 Theme Parks Where the Danger is Real. Thank goodness the parks themselves are fictional.

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Green Ball Adventure, a Sprice Machines Chain Reaction. Watch a charming combination of colorful levers, pulleys, dominos, and spring action, all powered by gravity.

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Lede-Buried Voicemails From Your Mom. Everyone has examples of parental communication gone wrong.

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How to Start Knitting (and Learn to Love It). Seek the enjoyment first, and the skill will come in time.

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The Oldest Color Produced by Living Things Is 1.1 Billion Years Old. The ancient cyanobacteria chlorophyll is strangely pink.

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Before Björk, There Was the Last Incan Princess. Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac had a six-octave range, but it was her exoticism that made her famous.

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Everyone’s Favorite Houseplant Only Wants to Die. Your pothos has lost the genes necessary for sexual reproduction, but is doomed to live as clones in millions of apartments.

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Dime After Dime: A Gripping History of Claw Machines. They've been irresistible for almost 200 years.

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