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Color Photography Before Color Film

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Before Kodak introduced the first “Kodachrome” color film in 1935, colored snapshots were something of a DIY project: if you wanted color, you had to paint it on yourself, and the results ranged from amateurish to brilliant.

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GIFs are usually frivolous Internet things, used to convey visual jokes or pop culture references, but Graphics Interchange Format can do so much more. Cinemagraphs combine the artistry of still photography with GIF-making technology to create moving pictures worthy of a digital frame.

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Dame Judi Dench is fond of needlepoint crafts, but her choice of design isn’t what you’d expect.

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The Seattle Public Library kicked off its 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a world record for longest domino chain…made of books. They made sure that none of the 2,131 donated books were harmed in the process.

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My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter is one Pinterest user’s tongue-in-cheek account of her darling make-believe child Quinoa’s fashionable exploits with her BFF Chevron and plenty of high-end accessories.

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Lions are great. Tigers are great. Even greater? The three liliger cubs born in a Russian zoo to a lion father and a lion-tiger mother—hence, li-li-gers.

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Tony Soprano was only one of many characters James Gandolfini played with aplomb over the course of his too-short life and storied career.

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How did you celebrate Summer Solstice 2013?

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And let's end with a video about the time you have left (in jelly beans):

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The 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
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All The Good Dogs At the 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. It's where New Yorkers take their dogs every year to show off their Halloween costumes!

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What Happened at Nikola Tesla's Secret Experimental Station? He worked on some really big ideas in Colorado Springs.

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George Lucas owes the look and feel of Star Wars to one key collaborator. Ralph McQuarrie also had a hand in many of your other favorite science fiction tales.

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The Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos. Those who travel the world in ships have souvenirs inked in their skin to show where they've been, what they have done, and their hopes for survival.

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The Minister Who Invented Camping in America. William Murray was the catalyst of many factors that led Americans to embrace the great outdoors in the 1860s.

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Ten Years of None Pizza with Left Beef. Steve Molaro gave us an icon of our modern automated world.

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7 Great Ways to Save Money During Halloween. Enjoying the holiday shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.

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A Brief History of Real Life Werewolves. Meet people diagnosed with clinical lycanthropy or lycomania.

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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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