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Funny Fish

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The 11 Funniest Fish on the Web. Each photograph is just begging for a caption.
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On March 10, the first annual Symmys will be awarded for the best palindromes of 2012. Ten finalists in each of four categories are competing under the eye of linguists, palindromists, and celebrity judges like Weird Al Yankovic.
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Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday in the United States. As always, some people are against the whole idea of changing clocks. 
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The death of the American pun. It’s been replaced by hideous portmanteaus such as chillax, mansplaining, and bridezilla.
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The Year’s 21 Television Pilots Most Likely To Get A Greenlight. Familiar names seem more important than the concepts at this stage.
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The Sesame Street YouTube channel has reached their goal of a billion views. To celebrate the occasion, here's a new video featuring The Count.
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David Cameron’s Ambitious Plan To End Female Genital Mutilation. The British Prime Minister is set to announce a £35 million initiative to fight the practice globally. 
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The Horror Of A Female Driven Society (according to Silver Age comics). How awful that they start acting like men!
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How the wrong definition of 'literally' snuck into the dictionary. Etymologists have apparently thrown in the towel (but not literally) to the common modern usage.  

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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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