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A 1955 Nuclear Meltdown

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Alan Levine via Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0

An Unplanned Meltdown at America’s First Nuclear Power Reactor. An engineer who was there in 1955 tells the story.
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The Beatles' First #1 Song. The Fab Four were making history in 1962.
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In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Spjut named their daughter Isis Harambe. They couldn't have imagined how that would turn out for her.
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The Gay Old Days: If You Really Want To See San Francisco's Future, Go Back to 1957. The city was already becoming a haven for LGBT refugees.  
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Fifty Percent of Americans Are the Usual Suspects. Your picture may be used in a photo lineup, and you'd never know about it.
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Behold, the majestic call of the mountain lion. Or maybe he's just doing bird impressions.
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The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirates. They could be as adventurous and ruthless as the men they sailed with.
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6 Easter Traditions You Might Not Know, but you might want to try them out. And here are more: 6 Easter Customs from Our Readers. 

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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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