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A Share of the Empire State Building

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82 years after the skyscraper was completed, the Empire State Building may go public. The owner plans to sell shares in a group of 19 properties, which includes the historic landmark.  
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Inner child vs. outer adult: The A.V. Club's conflicted guide to the summer movie season. The movies will be like they are every summer, but we'll still go watch them.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been assigned the premiere defense lawyer for cases like his. Judy Clarke saved the Unabomber, Jared Loughner, and Susan Smith all from execution.
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Imagine your job is to pave a highway through the Himalayan Mountains, with no equipment besides trucks and shovels. Now see the guys who do it.
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The weird world of amateur YouTube moon videos. Backyard astronomers and lunatics fill a strange niche you didn't even know existed.
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Even the worst joke can get new life when you illustrate and animate your drunk wife's telling of it.
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Remember the guy who lost his life savings in a carnival game? College Humor turned his story into a promotion and will buy his giant dreadlocked banana for $2,600.
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18 Hilariously Polite Warning Signs. Guaranteed to get your attention better than the usual terse announcements.
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How much maternity and paternity leave should employees get? Anything would be a step up from the days when women were automatically fired for getting pregnant.

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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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