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In Palm Springs, it's so hot that birds are falling from the sky. One young bird was taken to shade for an emergency revival, recorded in photographs.
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The 40 Best Signs From The "Restore The Fourth" Rallies. People across the country turned out to protest against the NSA's surveillance tactics.
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White Actors’ Most Egregious Portrayals of People of Color. Ten movies, with video evidence, that would have been improved greatly by a bit of typecasting.
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Why do some folks refuse to use an e-reader? One author thinks it has to do with their childhoods.
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Six different Christian denominations claim footage in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The only way to keep peace among them is to employ impartial Muslims as moderators.
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Star Wars or Star Trek: Which Has The Worst Pop Songs? They're all pretty bad, but hey, people never sang about Space 1999.
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Breaking Bad beer, Downton Abbey wine, and 5 other pop-culture alcohols. Each has a built-in customer base at home, watching TV, and looking for refreshment.
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Hadacol, the Last of the Medicine Shows. It didn't cure cancer, but at 24 proof, it made everyone feel better.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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