When the American West was settled, railroads and farmers put up barbed wire fences, and ranchers tore them down. Manufacturers were making lots of money selling their own unique designs of barbed wire, which are now proving to be rare treasures for collectors.
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Einstein had more than his share of brain glue, also known as glial cells. The number of glial cells you have depends on how much you use your brain while you are young.
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The birth rate in Brazil has dropped to historically low levels over the past 50 years. National Geographic lays out six reasons for the relatively sudden empowerment of Brazilian women, one of which is television.
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Use this handy chart to find out How Old is Your Globe? And then you can go to Metafilter for the jokes about who has the oldest globe.
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The 10 Biggest Movie Flops of the Summer. Some were only flops because they cost too much to make; others were so under-promoted I never even heard of them.
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You love downhill skiing, but there are no mountains in the Netherlands where you live. That's about to change, as plans are afoot to sink $400 billion over thirty years to build an artificial mountain.
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New York Times photojournalist Joao Silva was in Afghanistan when a land mine blew his legs off last year. He talks about that day, plus his recovery and the important of war journalism, in a transcript of a recent speech. (via The Daily What)
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6 strange ways to power your cellphone. Green innovations will make sure we can play Angry Birds even after the apocalypse.
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7 Comic Book Superpowers the World Can Do Without. In fact, comic book readers would prefer to do without these lame characters.