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25 Life Skills Every Man Should Know

You spend a lifetime acquiring skills, then check them on your way out — and for what? To survive in the wild? No. Here's how to Google efficiently, bet the horses, get a bartender's attention, parallel park like you're a stunt driver, and more.

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Skills You Can Learn in 60 Seconds – Fun Skills That Are Easy to Learn

Learn how to saber a champagne bottle, cook anything over an open fire, run a faster mile, whistle loudly and more with this list of skills you can pick up in 60 seconds or less.

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Photos: abandoned real-life ghost town

In the hills east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, they used to mine gold. Now, Bodie is a ghost town, and for those allowed in at night, its slowly deteriorating houses, vehicles, and shops tell a story of time against the backdrop of the st

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Anheuser-Busch Stopped Making Beer To Send Drinking Water To Hurricane Harvey Victims

More than 50,000 cans of water have made it to flood-damaged communities.

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The Unlikely Rise of … Shuffleboard? – The Ringer

This summer’s hottest new game is shuffleboard, a retirees’ pastime. How did a geezer’s delight get cool?

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How Do Fireworks Actually Work? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial | GQ

For decades, Barbie’s boy achieved icon status by being a basic, buff, blue-eyed bro. No longer! Caity Weaver has an exclusive glimpse into Mattel’s new take on the all-American male.

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10 Memorial Day Quotes and Poems That Will Remind You What the Holiday Is Really About

Let these inspiring, moving, and patriotic quotes be a reminder to thank our servicemen and servicewomen for their courage this Memorial Day weekend.

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Vietnam War hero's dream Corvette fetches $675K at auction

A marina blue 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe bought by a Vietnam War hero and maintained by his son sold for $675,000 at an Indianapolis auction Saturday.

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Here's Why You Can't Stay Focused

Regaining focus isn't about willpower. It's about deconstructing the modern life habits that obstruct your enjoying it again.

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What Do They Use to Dye the Chicago River Green? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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21 Famous Quotes to Honor U.S. Veterans on Veteran's Day | Inc.com

On this day, take a moment to offer thanks to the extraordinary men and women who have protected the nation throughout history.

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Learn a Foreign Language Quickly | The Art of Manliness

Learn how to learn a foreign language quickly and fluently from a man who knows how to speak 12 different languages.

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These are the 10 best gadgets under $100

WeThese are beautifully designed, high-value devices for improving your life without draining your wallet.

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Dog barely escapes when its leash gets stuck in elevator

Recent CCTV footage from an elevator in St. Petersburg, Russia shows a horrifying incident where a dog was nearly killed when its leash became stuck outside of the elevator.

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Cheese Bananas is the weird 1970s recipe that you don't want to eat for dinner

The 1970s were a time marked by culinary innovations such as fondue and the Baked Alaska, but looking through old recipes of this period unveils some truly unique dishes.

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Growing up in arcades: 1979-1989

  Goddamn, do these photos bring back memories! I mean, this is exactly what it looked like in the ‘70s and ‘80s hanging out at arcades. I never really played the games back then as I wasn’t very good at them, but I did hang out wit

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Air Force

1. If you’re a weatherman in the Air Force, you’re probably a battle-hardened commando.

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​Scott Kelly shrinks after return to Earth - CNN.com

Astronaut Scott Kelly grew taller in space but shrunk back to normal height in little more than a day.

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15 Great Forgotten Cars You Can Buy for Cheap - McLaren Capri, Lotus Elan, and Volvo 1800

Most of these cars have tremendously passionate fanbases... among cliques so small that everyone literally knows everyone else.

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Why Spider-Man Wouldn’t Actually Be Able to Climb Walls | Mental Floss

A new study calculates that almost half his body would have to be covered in adhesive pads to allow him to scale a building.

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10 Unexpected Duties Performed by the Secret Service | Mental Floss

Being a Secret Service agent isn't as action-packed as they make it seem in the movies. It's a lot of observation and surveillance, sure, but the President and his family have the power to ask their protection staff to do just about anything—including serving as a urinal. Yup... these 10 menial tasks are a long shot from car chases and running down would-be assassins.

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Vintage aviation photos: 'Mad Men' meets 'Airplane!' - CNN.com

The staff at AirlineRatings.com have gathered these vintage aviation photos that recall a golden era of aviation.

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Why Do British Pubs Have Illustrated Signs Outside?

The traditional British pub is part of the landscape of British life. At a recent count, there are around 50,000 of them in the UK, some of which claim to trace their lineage back as far as the 5th and 6th centuries...

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Dressed to Kill: Exploring James Bond's Classic Style

Esquire fashion director Nick Sullivan explains how 007 pulls it all together.

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8 Tips for Beating a Claw Machine | Mental Floss

Unless you’re small enough to climb inside, grabbing a prize out a claw machine can be pretty tough. But Daily Beast entertainment reporter Jen Yamato and film critic Kim Morgan are very, very good at it.

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Cisco’s Default Hold Music Was Written By a 16-Year-Old Computer Nerd | Mental Floss

If this music sounds familiar, you're not alone.

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See the Lines of the NYC Subway Paired With an Aerial View | Mental Floss

The web of the underground transit system is even more impressive in the context of NYC as seen from above.

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14 Bizarre College Donations and the Strings Attached | Mental Floss

For most of us, college donations entail little more than occasionally dropping a small check in the mail after receiving repeated pleas for cash from our alma maters. Some people, though, tend to be a bit more individualistic with their generosity. Let

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Original 'Star Wars' Script Settles Age-Old Debate | Mental Floss

The script shows just how dramatically the tale changed from George Lucas' early drafts.

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11 More Hidden Messages in Company Logos | Mental Floss

As we've mentioned before, some logos like to sneak in some hidden symbols and meanings. Some might have been staring at you right in the face without you noticing.

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Why Do Our Voices Sound Different to Us Than to Other People?

For many of us, there are few things more painful than hearing a recording of our own voices.

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15 Common Expressions Younger Generations Won't Understand | Mental Floss

Here are 15 etymologies to answer the questions of future English speakers. Because the future is already here.

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We let one of our dads interview Todd Rundgren · Interview · The A.V. Club

A legendary producer, songwriter, and performer, Todd Rundgren has been releasing albums since the late ’60s, when he first found success with Nazz. Later, on his own, he hit it big with “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw The Light,” and “Bang The Drum All Day,” and his 1972 record, Something/Anything? went gold.

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What Does the IRS Do With All the Paperclips People Send Them? | Mental Floss

The IRS becomes the proud owner of a huge batch of new paperclips each year. So, what do they do with the influx of office supplies?

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‘Mind. Blown.’: Vox gets mocked for its 'splainer on the ginormity of space

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Science Says Dogs Can Tell If You're Happy or Sad | Mental Floss

Any dog owner will tell you his dog understands what he's feeling—and now, science backs him up: A new study confirms that dogs know when people feel happy or angry, and that they can understand the difference between the two.

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18 Things You Might Not Know About 'Wayne’s World' | Mental Floss

If Sunday’s SNL 40th Anniversary Special made one thing clear, it’s that the world still loves Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar. Twenty-six years after the head-banging duo made their debut on Saturday Night Live, we’ve uncovered 18 things you might not know about Wayne’s World in both its small- and big-screen incarnations.

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Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?

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13 Secrets of Amazon Warehouse Employees | Mental Floss

We spoke to a few employees about what it’s like to be part of the Amazon machine.

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12 of the Cutest Pups in Puppy Bowl XI | Mental Floss

We are just six short days away from the year’s greatest sporting event: the Puppy Bowl. The players may not know the meaning of off sides or holding (or touchdown, for that matter), but gosh darn if they aren’t the cutest things ever.

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Whole Foods Confessions: 21 Shoppers Admit Their Yuppiest Purchases Ever

We asked 21 Young Urban Professionals to reveal their most embarrassingly unnecessary Whole Foods purchases. These are their stories.

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Why Did Old Phone Numbers Start With Letters? | Mental Floss

On I Love Lucy, whenever Lucy or Ricky Ricardo gave out their phone number, they'd say it as, "Murray Hill 5-9975." Even though that may look and sound like gibberish to modern phone-users, it was perfectly normal at the time. Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do.

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What Makes "Fancy Ketchup" So Fancy? | Mental Floss

Consider the following ingredient lists:McDonald's Fancy Ketchup: Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, natural flavors (vegetable source).Heinz: Tomato concentrate from red ripe t

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Best event in every state: The Kentucky Derby, Iron Bowl, Mardis Gras and more

If "hit the most awesome event in every state" is your weirdly specific New Year's resolution, you'll need to know what the best,…

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Will normalized relations between Cuba and US mean new parts for old classic cars in Cuba? | Fox News

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood.

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Man Up on Your Home: Great Gifts for Any Guy's Home! | Men's Health

Everything a man's place needs, from coasters to clocks.

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Two Last-Minute Holiday Cookbook Gift Ideas

Both Cookbook Book and Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef wield the power of nostalgia, in different ways.

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The yuppiest neighborhoods in America: LoDo, Pearl District, Murray Hill and more!

In order to help you either avoid them, or aspire to become them, we've identified urban zones where DINKS (yep, we're bringing…

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Why Does My Gadget Say It's December 31, 1969? | Mental Floss

If you’ve ever had the date on a cell phone or computer mysteriously switch to December 31, 1969, you may have thought it was simply random. However, the reason behind this odd glitch is a nice little tidbit of computer trivia.

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22 things you've definitely eaten if you grew up in New England

These foods got us through so many Nor'easters together.

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Largest Stone Block From Antiquity Found : Discovery News

The 2,000-year-old stone block was likely cut to be used in a temple, but was abandoned because it was unsuitable for transporting.

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Tales from the Butterball Hotline | Mental Floss

The Butterball Hotline is real. Here are some of the stranger reasons people have called.

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5 Beloved Traditions Invented to Make You Buy Stuff | Mental Floss

Here's how some popular traditions came about, including diamond engagement rings and the ubiquitous green-bean casserole.

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Not One Artist's Album Has Gone Platinum In 2014

We are now nine and a half months into 2014, and the sales numbers for the music industry are looking particularly grim. While the fourth quarter is typically when the most sales occur, things have never been quite so bad. In 2014, not a single artist’s

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A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

As WWI raged in Europe, Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops waged their own

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Onetime Elvis Presley home in Palm Springs to be auctioned - LA Times

A Palm Springs home once owned by Elvis Presley, currently being marketed at $2.59 million, will be sold at auction Oct. 25.

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Why Are Party Cups Red? | Mental Floss

You have enjoyed a liquid or two out of them (don't lie), but why are they red?

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Fried Twinkies Soaked in Bourbon - Thrillist Recipes

Twinkies soaked in bourbon and fried to a golden, boozy crisp.

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World's Coolest Wrecks - Rusted ships, trains, and tanks in the ocean

Not all wrecks are bad to behold; some can be just as beautiful and stunning as a classic work of art. These are 12 of the coolest wrecks in the world.

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The end of the 300 year union? Scottish independence: Poll puts Yes in lead - The Scotsman

THE YES CAMPAIGN is ahead in the Scottish referendum battle for the first time, according to a poll, amid signs of infighting among senior figures backing the union.

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Why Isn't 'Arkansas' Pronounced Like 'Kansas'? | Mental Floss

Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other.

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Private, Killed 70 Years Ago in the Pacific, Is Laid to Rest

Pfc. Randolph Allen, killed in 1943 in the Battle of Tarawa, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Every year, the military identifies the remains of dozens of service members who died in the last century’s wars.

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Science Explains Why Some People Are Attracted to Jerks

We all know at least one: That friend who complains incessantly about his fickle girlfriend, and yet keeps going back to her, even though most of the time she doesn’t treat him well. It’s frustrating for his friends, who must wonder if their buddy, de

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Video: Bystanders Pull Carjacker From Vehicle, Beat Him, Hold Him Till Police Arrive

On July 13 bystanders pulled an alleged carjacker from a vehicle in City Heights, San Diego, then beat him and held him until police arrived.

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7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion)

Small-business owners overwhelmingly favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Here are seven reasons why.

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How the World Cup Is Damaging Brazil

Don’t believe journalists who tell you the tournament is going smoother than expected

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Do Plants Respond to Pain?

Scientists conduct a plant experiment that may make you rethink those veggie burgers.

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    'Bigfoot' hair samples found to be mostly from bears, wolves

    In 2012, researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology issued an open call asking museums, scientists and Bigfoot aficionados to share any samples they thought were from the legendary ape-like creatures.

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    Cathy Reisenwitz - Ann Coulter is Right About Soccer, But Didn’t Go Far Enough

    Sure, soccer is a boring sport for timid, risk-averse poindexters who are afraid to stand out from the crowd. But there’s actually only one sport worthy of any fealty to or appreciation from a country as ferocious, atomistic, take-no-prisoners, unafraid

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    Delusional (Or Funny?) Woman Carries Bradley Cooper Cutout With Her EVERYWHERE [PHOTOS]

    Another parent is embarrassing her kids on social media. Danielle Davis has created an Instagram account under the name

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    What Old Sharper Image Catalogs Tell Us About American Life in the '80s

    These products were all sold in Sharper Image catalogs in the late '80s. Even the fake cellphone antenna.

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    The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History's Greatest Minds

    What do Freud, Marina Abramovi, Beethoven, and you have in common? For one, the need to sleep.

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    National Parks Are About to Get Way More Fun!

    National parks are America's greatest recreational asset. Now an overdue movement will make them even better.

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    12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

    Years ago these words were considered hideous jargon, but over time we grew to accept them.

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    See The First Comics The Creator Of "Calvin And Hobbes" Has Drawn In Nearly 20 Years

    Bill Watterson, the creator of popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, is known as a bit of a recluse. Basically, he hasn’t drawn a comic since he quit in 1995.

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    Here's What Happens When Fish Get Drunk

    Let it be known: Humans are not the only ones whose egos are bolstered by booze.

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      How Many Languages is it Possible to Know?

      There are millions of people, even in the mostly monolingual US, who speak more than one language at home. Competence in three languages is not unusual. But what about 10, 20, 30, 100 languages? What's the upper limit on the number of languages a per

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        These images of world cities from 'space' are not what they seem

        These high-quality images may look like photographs of world cities at night taken by astronauts from the International Space Station – but they are painstakingly constructed from public map data and finessed by artist Marc Khachfe

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              The Awkward Human Survival Guide

              The hardest thing in the world to do is to deal with people. But we all have to do it, because the world is made up of people and relationships and the difficulties they bring. Learning from your mistakes is effective, but learning from someone else&rsquo

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                The Aluminum Cabin - Architizer

                Situated in a beautiful archipelago, this seaside cabin replaces a former dilapidated and impractical cabin dominating the site. The restrictive planning regulations and zoning of the area has informed the scale and mass of the building, as well as an enh

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                      The Origins of 8 Nearly Obsolete Phrases

                      There are some phrases and clichés that were once common, but are now hopelessly dated now thanks to changes in technology.

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                        9 Houses Built Just for Spite

                        Sometimes they block a neighboring house's view, or are built especially to challenge city ordinances. These are spite houses—constructed to make someone mad.

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                            VIDEO: Santas Brawl Near Union Square

                            A group of men, believed to be participating in SantaCon, was captured on video throwing blows at the corner of 17th St. and Third Avenue in Manhattan Saturday night. 

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                                See Present-Day Photos of the Iconic Scenes From JFK’s Assassination

                                The assassination of John F. Kennedy has been analyzed and revisited ceaselessly since the tragedy nearly 50 years ago. The fateful route of JFK’s motorcade and its Dallas backdrop are indelibly imprinted on the collective awareness of Americans. Ph

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                                  Rieder: If JFK had been shot in the social media era

                                  The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov 22, 1963, brought with it the emergence of television as a major conveyor of major news. It seems hard to believe now, but that traumatic event marked the

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                                    One JFK conspiracy theory that could be true

                                    Fifty years after JFK's assassination, an expert looks at the top conspiracy theories still out there.

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                                        5 Amazing Projects That Were Never Built

                                        Here are five examples of what could have been, rather than what was.

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                                          What is the difference between women and men?

                                          There are many funny differences between women and men. You can see them in everyday situations. Next time, when you have a fight with your couple, try to remember these...

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                                            Say 'no' to extreme work culture

                                            Andre Spicer says there is a huge amount of research that shows long working hours are bad for people.

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                                              WH Press Corps Laughs When Carney Says Amnesty Will 'Raise Wages'

                                              Members of the White House Press corps laughed out loud Friday when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to tell them that the amnesty bill currently being debated in Congress would

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                                                Spinning Benghazi: The C.I.A.'s Talking-Point Edits

                                                It’s a cliché, of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup. The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administratio

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                                                Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

                                                By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers. A study conducted jointly by two German uni

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                                                Shades of gray: What happens to presidents' hair

                                                Bill Clinton did it. So did George W. Bush. Ronald Reagan kind of did it and it looks like President Barack Obama is doing it, too.

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                                                  Where's Waldorf's silverware? Stolen items returned to hotel after 85 years

                                                  The Waldorf Astoria in New York City has long been a byword for exquisite luxury, style and success.

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                                                    BBC News - Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk

                                                    An Asian elephant uses his trunk to imitate human speech, scientists report.

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                                                      BBC News - David Cameron arrives in the Gulf for defence talks

                                                      David Cameron has arrived in the Gulf to strengthen Britain's defence, security and commercial ties in the wake of the Arab Spring revolutions.

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                                                        BBC News - Storm Sandy: NY transport disruption to continue

                                                        Commuters into New York City face more disruption on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo warns, as the effects of storm Sandy continue to be felt.

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