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The Legacy of King Kong

The King Kong Story. The making of the 1933 movie that started it all.
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Monkeyshines: The King Kong Weirdies. The big ape came back again and again, with quite a few ridiculous sequels, spinoffs, and knockoffs.
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King Kong goes to war in the Vietnam-themed monster mash Skull Island. The new movie is fun if you don't take it too seriously.  
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Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death. Robert Kennicott did't commit suicide, but he contributed to science both before and after his death.
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Check out the King Ranch El Kineño, a custom-designed 1949 Buick convertible with every outlandish feature you can imagine. It was an early attempt at a real working SUV.
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The Palace of the Reunification in Saigon was the home and office of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the fall of Saigon, it was renamed and made into a history museum, as unchanged as any time capsule.
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Lady of the Lake: The Sunken B-29 Superfortress of Eielson AFB. It turns out to have quite an interesting history.
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10 Gorilla Guys. To play an ape in early Hollywood movies, the main requirement was owning the suit.  

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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

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How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

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Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

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The Five Stages of Watching a Star Wars Movie. See them all play out this weekend as Solo opens in theaters.

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Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

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24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

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Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

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19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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