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Dallas + 50 Years

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The History Channel will be "live" Tweeting John F. Kennedy's visit to Dallas, 50 years after it happened. The timeline will be much less confusing and tear-stained this time around.
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36 Stunning Color Photos Of The Kennedy White House. The picture of John-John at the controls of Marine One presages another family tragedy to come.
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Alex Chacon took a little motorcycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. You can go along, too, through the magic of his helmet-cam.
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A new island was born this week, just south of Japan. Japanese authorities won't name it until they are sure it will stick around.
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Flavorwire’s 50 Songs Guaranteed to Make You Cry. Save this Spotify playlist for a time you want to wallow in misery and self-pity.
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Retailers are pushing Black Friday sales earlier and earlier—in some cases, to even before Thanksgiving. It's a desperate move to get the spending money you don't have.
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13 Famous Book Characters You Just Want To Slap. They are often what makes you keep reading the story.
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The posthumous Scottsboro pardons: Too little, too late. The best it can do is to remind us of the shameful past.
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11 Facts (from last year) About the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons—And What It Takes To Inflate Them.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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