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The Other Blue Planet

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All About HD 189733b, That Other Blue Planet. It's as big as Jupiter, hotter than your oven, and the atmosphere rains glass.
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Three chihuahuas were abandoned in Los Angeles and were found frightened, skinny, and dirty. Watch them eat up the affection they were given during and after their rescue.
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Get a look inside Inside William Shakespeare's Star Wars. The author loves both the worlds he melded together.
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The 50 Essential Movie Musicals. No mention of Grease or Hair, but those shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence anyway.
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Karen Cheng decided she would learn to dance. A year of practice really paid off, as you can see in a video that chronicles her progress.
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Backyard Chickens Abandoned After Owners Lose Interest. Hipsters are taking them to animal shelters instead of having them for Sunday dinner.
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This American Life will air its 500th episode this weekend. To mark the occasion, Ira Glass talks about his favorite episodes.
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The Forbidden Island. Don't go near the Sentinelese; they cherish their privacy to the point of killing for it.
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29,000 inmates in California are on hunger strike. Community and political organizers could learn a thing or two from that kind of solidarity.
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The Scientists Behind the Movies. The most outlandish plots were inspired by real research, which might make you enjoy the films more.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar term carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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Great Stephen King Stories
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16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

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How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

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Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

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Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

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A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

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An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

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A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

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