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A Fiery Dance on the Sun

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Watch this amazing video of a solar flare. It is 180,000 degrees Fahrenheit and just the flare is many times larger than our entire earth.
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Academy Award nominees will go home with a gift bag worth $45,000 even if they don't win an Oscar. But some of the weird stuff in those bags will make you scratch your head.
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The 1963 book A Cat-Haters Handbook contains quotes about how awful cats are. But the overall effect will make you want to get another cat.
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The Russian military marches to a song we all know and love. Are ya ready, kids? Ooooh…  
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Bird And Rat Infestations Raise Disease and Climate Change Concerns. Mother Nature is starting to resemble a horror film.  
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An Illustrated Guide to Recognizing Insane People from 1883. That was back when developmental disabilities and mental illness were equivalent and you could diagnose people by looking at them.
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Omission, Insanity, and Half-Truths: Unreliable Narrators In Literature. It's a plot device that keeps you wondering what to believe as you turn the pages.  
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5 historical Oscar controversies you probably didn't know about. If something this exciting happens Sunday night, people might start watching the awards ceremonies again.  

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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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