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Key West Epitaphs

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Peter Dutton via Flickr // CC BY 2.0

The Witty Epitaphs of Key West Cemetery. That's one way to make sure people visit your grave.
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Here’s what it’s like to be a ‘Quiet Tiny Asian’ every single day. A YouTube series by SJ Son and Ginny Leise get the heart of the matter in minute-long vignettes.  
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Ornithologists Tim Gallagher and Martjan Lammertink went looking for the possibly-extinct Ivory-bill woodpecker in the protected Ojito de Agua area of eastern Cuba. “This gives you a little idea of how hard it is to study these birds. And why nobody’s doin’ it.” 
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The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstruction. Andrew Johnson was no Abe Lincoln.
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That Viral Story About a Japanese Man Crushed to Death by His Porn Collection is Totally Fake. How an everyday tragedy became an uncontrollable tale.
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This 'Random Act of Kindness' Highlights a Sad Reality. Schoolchildren shouldn't be hungry in the first place.
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The hunt for better psychiatric drugs. After decades of decline in drug development, we may have some new tools to point the way.
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11 Video Games That Embarrass You for Poor Play. Just in case you want to show off in front of people.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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