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The Drought That Led to the Death of a Whole Civilization. The Akkadian Empire of Mesopotamia fell apart when its people starved or left.
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5 Ways Etiquette Makes Life Easier. Social niceties bring us together and leave a good feeling behind.
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Wheelchair Man: The Superhero Based on a True Story. Afghan immigrant Mohammad Sayed has lived several lives in his 19 years.
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10 Animals That Are No Longer On the Endangered Species List. After we almost killed them off a few decades ago.
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Jackie Chan's Most Gruelling Scene Ever. He shot one sequence over and over for forty days.
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The Loneliest Five-Star Restaurant in the World. Italy sends their best and brightest chefs to Concordia Station, Antarctica.
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Why we sleepwalk. Our brains carry out complicated tasks even as our consciousness slumbers.  
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The 10 Most Important Kisses in the Universe. You'll be surprised by how many kisses went down in history.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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