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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault safeguards against doomsday scenarios and other potential global catastrophes.... READ ON
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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
The fragrances get their names based on the concentration of oil in alcohol and water.... READ ON
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100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds
What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? All centenarians have their own habits and morning routines they swear by. From whiskey shots to daily naps to ice cream, here's what some very old people credit for their lengthy lifespan.... READ ON
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5 Famous Characters with Brunette Evil Twins
Having an evil twin can be a drag. They run around causing mischief and often trying to steal their innocent twin’s identity. Thankfully for us, when it comes to the realm of fiction, it's easy to tell the good twin apart from the evil one: by their hair. Here are five famous (and unfortunate) characters that had to deal with a brunette evil twin.... READ ON
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The Top 10 Moments of 2013... in Play-Doh
To celebrate 2013, Play-Doh chose ten attention-grabbing headlines and trends from the year and sculpted them out of 100 percent Play-Doh. Just in case you wanted to relive your kindergarten arts and crafts class (and you know you do), here they are.... READ ON
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6 Bizarre Items Mailed Through the U.S. Postal System
Since the beginning of the U.S. Postal Service in 1775, mischievous citizens have constantly pushed the envelope when it came to challenging their local mailmen.... READ ON
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11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published
It’s November, of course, and while that means turkey, football and marathon shopping for some, it’s a month of being hunched over at a laptop slurping cup after cup of caffeine for others. Yep - it’s NaNoWriMo, AKA National Novel Writing Month. People who are crazy ambitious enough to accept the challenge aim to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November, which is about 1,667 words every day. While no one expects masterpieces to be written in such a short time span - the goal is to force... READ ON
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7 Politicians Who Appeared on Game Shows
As we’ve been seeing lately, everything politicians have done since birth ends up being in the news—especially during election time. Game show appearances are no exception, so check out these seven politico contestants. Some did surprisingly well; others should definitely stick to their day jobs. 1. Ronald Reagan on I’ve Got a Secret, 1961 A pre-politics Reagan gives Henry Morgan and Steve Allen a radio announcer’s test to see if he can make them laugh in the middle of the “audition.” If... READ ON
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What’s the Difference Between ( ), [ ], { } and < >?
( )Parentheses (the single one is called a parenthesis), also known as curved brackets, have plenty of uses in everyday written language. Their most common use, as I’ve demonstrated already, is segregating subordinate material or asides. Usually, this is stuff that could be left out of the text or skipped over during reading without altering the flow or meaning of the surrounding sentence. You can do the same thing with commas, like I did in the last sentence and am doing now, but, if you’ve got a... READ ON
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How Does a Fortune Cookie Proposal Work?
Cookie image via ShutterstockMy girlfriend loves a good romantic comedy (to be fair, she’ll watch mediocre and bad ones, too). So on weekend afternoons, our TV is often tuned to whatever quirky love story TNT/TBS/USA is running on a constant loop. Usually, these movies will climax with the female lead’s love interest asking for her hand in marriage in some grand, romantic way. More than a few times, these proposals have involved a diamond ring tucked away inside a fortune... READ ON
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Mikhail Gorbachev: Pizza Hut Spokesman
Happy belated birthday to Mikhail Gorbachev, who turned 81 yesterday. After seeing his stint as a Pizza Hut spokesman, we have to wonder if he’s celebrating with a couple of pies: If you’re wondering what the former Soviet leader is doing hawking fast food, well, you’re not alone. The unorthodox 1997 career move raised the eyebrows of many who wondered why Gorbachev had turned to shilling subpar pizza. “The next step will be to advertise Tampax,” one Russian told CNN at the time. The... READ ON
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23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year's Eve
Don’t live anywhere near New York City, but still desperate to see something - anything - drop during a countdown to 2012 on New Year’s Eve? We can help. (Well, we can help some of you. You might have to go on a road trip.) Check out these places that have put their own twists on the rather odd tradition of hoisting a random, giant object up in the air to celebrate the beginning of a new... READ ON
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Elvis Presley: World’s Best Car Buyer
Elvis Presley was known for his generosity, but he didn’t just stop at free show tickets or 500% tips at restaurants. One of Elvis’ favorite ways to show his appreciation was to drop a cool $11k (we’re talking the ‘60s and ‘70s here, so don’t laugh) on a new car. His first big Cadillac purchase was a Pepto-pink Caddy for his mama, Gladys, who was presented with the extravagant gift in 1955. She couldn’t drive, but hey, it’s the thought that counts.The cotton candy-colored car was just... READ ON
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The Club with More U.S. Presidents than Skull and Bones
Do you believe Friday the 13th is unlucky? Refuse to sleep in a hotel room on the 13th floor? Scorn baker’s dozens because they might be... READ ON
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11 Christmas Songs That Never Really Took Off
Though artists from Mariah Carey to Insane Clown Posse release holiday singles, very few of those songs make it to holiday playlists year after year. Here are just a few of the more interesting Christmas songs released by some names you’ll be familiar with. Be sure to let us know if you look forward to one of these songs every year.1. “Heavy Metal Christmas,” Twisted Sister. Would you believe Twisted Sister didn’t release their first holiday album until 2006? (Yeah, I believed it too.) The... READ ON
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8 Accidental Charitable Donations
You know how you hold on to some stupid kitchen item for like eight years, then decide that you’ve used it once and donate it to Goodwill? Then the next week, you find yourself in critical need of that garlic press for the first time since the Clinton administration? Now imagine that garlic press was worth $13,000. People accidentally give away family heirlooms or other valuables surprisingly often. Here are eight of those stories — some with happy endings, and others where people wish they'd... READ ON

Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marsten. Martsen is also credited as the inventor of the systolic blood-pressure test, a component of the modern polygraph machine.

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