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Europe's First Muslim Ruler

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The Story of Europe's First Muslim Ruler. When the Roman Empire fell, Abd al-Rahman I swept into Spain and Portugal.
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Scientists aim to grow humans in plastic bag after successful test on baby sheep. The Biobag artificial uterus won't be for full pregnancies, but could help preemies grow a bit more.
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How do you get ten kittens to face the camera for their portrait? You can't; that's where the term "herding cats" came from.
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The Rise of Slime Videos. It appears to be this generation's version of birdwatching.
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Purposefully removing condoms during sex without consent is heinous and dangerous. Is it also sexual assault?
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Bill Hitler, Hitler's Idiot Nephew. A story told in the colorful language of Cracked.
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The beauty of being an older mom. What you lack in energy is made up by more patience and focus.
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21 Band Names Based on TV Shows. When you get the reference, you're already a fan.

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Welcome to the Year of the Dog
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Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog.

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The Evolution of Marvel’s Black Panther. Introduced in 1966, the character hits the big screen this weekend.

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The Very Real History of Death Stars. Germany, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. have all drawn up plans for weaponized satellites.

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The Karate Kid gets a modern makeover with Cobra Kai. Daniel and Johnny will revive their unresolved conflicts as older adults in the YouTube Red series.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good. Sensational cases of gold diggers meant the end of breach of promise lawsuits.

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What Europe's Oldest Wine Tells Us About Ancient Sicilians. Samples hidden in a cave thousands of years ago hold clues to their everyday lives.

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15 of the World's Most Stunning Winter Destinations. You still have time to book a trip before the tourist season starts.

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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters
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10 Weird Facts About Lobsters. If they were designed as movie aliens, they would be too implausible.

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Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Ton Steel Ball. Get out of the way when it's dropped in the name of science!

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Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy. It wasn't a typical Jerry Lewis movie, but it worked.

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The Incinerator House. Artist Ron Fleming turned an abandoned industrial structure into a home and a work of art.

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Why Adam Rippon Didn’t Win. He finished behind two competitors who fell because of the complicated math of figure skating.

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Was Young Luke Skywalker a Selfless Hero or a Freeloader? Luke took advantage of the Rebel Alliance in using an X-wing or two as his personal vehicle, but a commenter refutes that argument in style.

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15 'Trials of the Century' and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them. Because true crime is more fascinating than fiction.

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