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Not Your Average Pool Party

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Presenting A Projectable Ping Pong Pool Party

I never get invited to any kind of shindig that’s this cool. Maybe that's because I use words like "shindig."

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But, I’m A Really Big Fan

The University of Wisconsin recently filled their open Head Football Coach position. But not before a bunch of people, many of whom had no real qualifications, had applied for the position. Check out the way that some of them tried to sell themselves for the job.

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High Flying Facts

Check out the unique stories behind the creation of 5 foreign flags—and one amazing fact about our own.

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Funny and Fantastic Fan Theories

The great thing about pop culture is that there is always plenty of room for debate, discussion, and wild, outlandish conspiracy. Here are 15 theories that fans have developed about James Bond, Super Mario Brothers 3, Quentin Tarantino, The Fresh Prince, and many more.

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All Time Zones Must Converge

I remember thinking as a small child, back when I was much more easily amused, that it would be cool to go to the “Four Corners” where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah all come together, and stick one limb in each state. Again, I was pretty easily amused then. Now I realize that it would be way cooler (and colder) to go to Antarctica, where the time zones converge.

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A Parent's Most Selfless Act

Giving your child away in order to give them a better life is the ultimate act of heartbreak and valor for a parent. This amazing photograph captures the moment one mother made this sacrifice as the Berlin Wall began to take shape.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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