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Cooling Off in Allahabad

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With the last several days reaching a scorching 113 degrees Fahrenheit in multiple regions of India, an entire nation jumps at any and every chance to cool off. 

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Season four of Eastbound and Down premieres September 29, and HBO says these eight episodes will be the last of the lovably raunchy series.

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Last week, an unmasked photo of the French pop duo Daft Punk leaked to the press. Publicity stunt or not, here are 11 more pics of recording artists without their makeup or costumes on.

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In celebration of the upcoming screening of the documentary Our Nixon in D.C., the filmmakers have released a limited supply of H.R. Haldeman bobblehead dolls for purchase. (We interviewed director Penny Lane at SXSW.)

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For those dreading the ominous march into the workplace, turn back the clock 48 hours to a blissful Cat Saturday pictorial essay.

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Two math professors at Illinois State University claimed to have come across a notebook from Abraham Lincoln's childhood—leading them to believe Honest Abe wasn't the homeschooled sort he claimed to be.

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As it turns out, southeast Alaska has quite the burgeoning rap hip-hop scene with a slew of aspiring rap artists—at least "25 serious ones."

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Tom Cruise was an inch away from landing the role of Tony Stark in the blockbuster Iron Man franchise. Here are 20 other actors who almost got a juicy part in a Hollywood smash.

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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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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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