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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 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
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All The Good Dogs At the 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. It's where New Yorkers take their dogs every year to show off their Halloween costumes!

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What Happened at Nikola Tesla's Secret Experimental Station? He worked on some really big ideas in Colorado Springs.

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George Lucas owes the look and feel of Star Wars to one key collaborator. Ralph McQuarrie also had a hand in many of your other favorite science fiction tales.

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The Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos. Those who travel the world in ships have souvenirs inked in their skin to show where they've been, what they have done, and their hopes for survival.

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The Minister Who Invented Camping in America. William Murray was the catalyst of many factors that led Americans to embrace the great outdoors in the 1860s.

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Ten Years of None Pizza with Left Beef. Steve Molaro gave us an icon of our modern automated world.

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7 Great Ways to Save Money During Halloween. Enjoying the holiday shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.

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A Brief History of Real Life Werewolves. Meet people diagnosed with clinical lycanthropy or lycomania.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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