When Romania's Ruler Went Medieval on the Ottomans. Forget Dracula, the reign of Vlad the Impaler was all the more horrific because it really happened.

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Why The Blob (1988) Is One of the Best Horror Remakes Ever. It was lost in a flood of remakes in the '80s, but deserves another look.

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What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space? Seven astronomers and physicists tell us what they know.

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The 'Million Dollar Mermaid' Who Urged Women To Be Physically Free. Champion swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested for wearing a workable swimsuit.

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Trees 'Sleep' at Night. The 24-hour cycle is universal for life on earth.

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Fake Avengers Fakes. Since there aren't enough bootleg knockoff toys to make fun of, Obvious Plant made some that are just awful enough to believe. 

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The Diva Who Grew Her Own Exotic Kingdom. Madame Ganna Walska was known for her marriages, her failed opera career, and her garden Lotusland.

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Layla in Real Life: 10 Songs Written About Pattie Boyd. She's the closest rock music has to a universal muse.