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Wild Theory Suggests ‘Snow White’ is Actually a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Sequel

Rebecca Pahle

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the most out-there Disney fan theory of them all?

Laugh Riot: An Oral History of Tickle Me Elmo

Jake Rossen

The hottest toy of 1996 led to concussions, mass hysteria, and one designer becoming a Unabomber suspect.

The Strange Coin Flipping Fact That Might Make Your Head Spin

Caitlin Schneider

Dr. James Grime explains why heads/tails pops up more frequently than heads/heads.

7 Photographic Tricks, Hoaxes, and Fads Before Photoshop

Jocelyn Sears

Fake decapitation was the LOLcats of the 19th century.

Lost Cat Is Reunited With Her Owners After 8 and a Half Years

Anna Green

An adventurous family cat named Moon Unit recently returned home after an eight and a half year odyssey.

Scientists Find the Earliest Human Cancer in a 1.7-Million-Year-Old Toe

Andrew LaSane

It pushes back the date of the earliest known cancer in a human ancestor by more than a million years.

GoPro Footage Shows What It's Like to Swim With Whale Sharks

Rebecca OConnell

Whale sharks can be as large as school buses.

Morning Cup of Links: The Silly Side of the Moon

Miss Cellania

Start your day with a round of great links!

11 Rare Old Words for the Heinous and Villainous

Mark Peters

We all could use a few new words for the diabolical. Fortunately, there are plenty of older words ready for a revival.

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How Photo Retouching Worked Before Photoshop

Jocelyn Sears

Photographers and cultural critics have long debated the ethics of retouching—even when it took place directly on the negative in the 19th century.

Researchers Identify a New Species of Beaked Whale

Michele Debczak

Japanese whalers nicknamed it karasu or "raven."

Researchers Identify Two New Carcinogens in Electronic Cigarettes

Anna Green

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently identified 31 harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapor, including two probable carcinogens.

This Ivory Tool Was Likely Used to Make Rope 40,000 Years Ago

Kirstin Fawcett

For years, archaeologists have wondered how hunters and gatherers wove plant fibers into tough, strong cord.

8 Years On, Dolly’s Clones Are Doing Just Fine

Kate Horowitz

Dolly herself fell ill and died relatively young, raising concerns that the cloning process might somehow cause accelerated aging.

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