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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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Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta
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Universal Pictures

Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta. A perfect ending to the first great movie trilogy.

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It Wasn't Easy Being Green for These Mysterious Children in 12th-Century England. The village of Woolpit has never been the same since.

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The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos. If you had an email address in the late 1990s, you probably received a video file titled “badday.mpg” at least once.

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The Contentious Burial of Bo-Bo, the Blenheim Spaniel of Civil War Hero General Daniel E. Sickles. His relatives didn't want the beloved dog interred in the family plot.

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Here's Why Your Body Stores More Fat in Certain Places. Hormones do it, but in an insanely complicated manner.

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Butterfly Breeder Romy McCloskey Saw One Emerge from its Chrysalis with a Torn Wing. So she got her tools together and performed a wing transplant.

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How to Get Your Procrastination Under Control. It's a matter of valuing the things you need to do.

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19 Times That Actors Have Been Injured On Set. Some of the scenes were then included in the finished film.

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Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events
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Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events, Astronomy Fans. The heavens are going to put on quite a show.

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Do Audio Books Count As Reading? A visually-impaired writer shares the joy and shame of listening to books.

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Why Hobbies Make You Happy. We need to define ourselves as more than how we earn a living.

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This Optical Illusion Is Just Four Blinking Dots And It's Still Breaking Our Brains. Are they jumping up and down, moving from side to side, or spinning in a circle?

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Lucrative Lemons and Oranges in Sicily. A scholarly article traces the rise of the Mafia to the discovery that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.

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Weird Beauty Hacks of Yesteryear. The drive to be attractive sent us down some strange and desperate paths.

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Eighteen Species of Tweezer-Faced, Spider-Slaying Pelican Spiders Discovered in Madagascar. Their misshapen heads act like salad tongs to seize their prey.

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Where the Mind's Eye Can't See. Exploring the very real limits of human imagination.

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