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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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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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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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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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