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Cap'n Crunch was revealed to be a military impostor after the errors in his uniform were detected. He is only one of several pop culture icons that may have faked their military records.
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“We would’ve come earlier, but your husband wasn’t dead then”: 18 incompetent law-enforcement officials who save the day.
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A tiger stalks his owner -in the house! The video is unnerving, until you see how it ends.
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The way corporations run their social networking sites reveals how dumb they think their consumers are. A new parody site shows us the many ways they do it.
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Jim Carrey is backing away from supporting his new movie Kick-Ass 2 because of the violence. It was filmed before the Sandy Hook shooting, which made him rethink the whole thing.
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Wikileaks is paying for Edward Snowden's hotel and travel bills while he's on the run. That admission may open Julian Assange and his organization up to charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.
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16 Money-Saving Tips From The Depression Era. They may have been popular during the Great Depression, but many of these I've used all my life.
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An everyman's guide for going invisible on the internet. Maintaining your privacy will require a little more work these days, but it can be done.

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Where Did That Tuna Come From?
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Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

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A Demonstration of How Water Acts in Space. Watch an astronaut blow fruit punch like bubble gum.

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I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

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John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

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How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

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The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

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The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

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How WWII Saved The Great Gatsby From Obscurity. It took almost 20 years for the book to become a hit.

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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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