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The Rise of the Beauty Salon

Martha Matilda Harper, the Greatest Businesswoman You’ve Never Heard Of. She invented the beauty salon, the franchise, and the shampoo sink.
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A weird Japanese game show humorously recreates Street Fighter II. With real guys, sound effects, and all.
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The First Super Bowl. It was 50 years ago this weekend.
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Facebook is working on a way to read brain waves that could let you send your thoughts to people. Even if we can do it someday, who would want to?
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Walt Disney explains his studio’s multiplane camera technology in 1957. It had been in use for 20 years, but still impressed viewers as the wave of the future.
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Are the Marx Brothers Still Funny? Yes, and on Blu-Ray they look better than ever.
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How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter. Hummingbirds adapt to the conditions around them.  
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The myth of America's invincible military. Reputation does not always equal reality.

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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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