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Colbert's Commencement Address

Do you recall who the commencement speaker at your graduation was? I don't, but I'd remember if Stephen Colbert had been there, delivering this memorable speech.
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In Croatia, unexploded mines dot the landscape and still kill people who find them. But a new animal is being trained to locate them for us: honeybees.
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Here's how you make a dozen hamburgers in Singapore. With style, efficiency, and lots of eggs.
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The 10 Best Sitcom Finales in TV History. Relive them with clips and tributes on video.
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Ernest Hemingway made a list of his favorite books in 1935. Here are some of them that you might not be familiar with.
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26 Simple Tricks To Make Your Kids Do Whatever You Want. Some of these ideas are genius; others are just good for a laugh.
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Dozens of children are abducted and taken to Japan every year. This is not trafficking, but divorce laws that favor Japanese parents over foreigners and do not recognize joint custody.  
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"Sea Butterflies" are actually a kind of snail called pteropods. These transparent sea creatures make some stunning photo subjects.
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The real problem with the Disney Princess brand. As the actual movies have grown more modern and diverse, the marketing princesses have been homogenized into "uniform fembots."

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World War II's Greatest Urban Legend
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An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

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The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

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Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

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The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages?

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Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you!

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The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

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Rise of the Ticks. Insect-borne diseases have more than tripled in the past few years due to climate change.

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The Birthplaces of 9 Classic Salads. Read them all, and then select one to enjoy today.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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