Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

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Disney/Lucasfilm

The time has come to pit Rogue One and The Force Awakens against each other. The two movies illustrate very different methods of storytelling.
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How Having Much Older Siblings Shapes You. You may feel like an only child, but you have more adults to lean on.
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Angels Flight: Up the Down Railroad. Los Angeles's incline railway has had its share of ups and downs over the last century.
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A Secret History of American River People. In 2014, Wes Modes and friends built a floating house, a #shantyboat made of reclaimed junk, and set off down the river to meet the folks who live and work along the riverbank.  
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The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets. When England's King Edward I encircled Scotland's Stirling Castle in 1304, his war machines were terrifying. Bonus: story contains trebuchet videos.
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Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans. The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album redone to tell the story of Star Wars: Episode IV.
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17 Rules That Nobody Talks About, But Everyone Follows. Sometimes it's courtesy, and sometimes it's just dumb human nature.
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9 Reasons to Love the Amazing Snow Monkey. They have quite an organized society, but they also have fun.

Thursday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Guitar Kits, Memory-Foam Pillows, and Smartwatches

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Amazon
As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 3. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

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The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human. After being raised in a human home, it took years for Lucy to learn to be an ape again.

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The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

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These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

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The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

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America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

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15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.