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Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | The New Yorker

As America’s rural communities stagnate, what can we learn from one that hasn’t?

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Check Out Thursday's Best Amazon Deals

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, September 7.

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Here's how to see other planets during the total solar eclipse

If you look to the sky during the total solar eclipse on August 21, planets will appear. Here's how to see them.

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Women's Brains Have More Blood Flow Than Men's, New Study Shows

Scientists have discovered a new difference between the sexes: women's brains seem to be more active than men's brains, in terms of blood flow through specific regions.

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10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation | Mental Floss

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

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What's the Difference Between Vanilla and French Vanilla Ice Cream? | Mental Floss

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

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may die within your lifetime

The super-storm has been a prisoner of Jupiter's jet streams for perhaps 350 years, yet has shrunk by more than 50% since the 1800s.

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Mary Poppins Crosswalk Lights Installed in the Hometown of P.L. Travers | Mental Floss

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

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A Sociology of the Smartphone

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

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12 Things You Probably Don't Know About Father's Day | Mental Floss

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

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6 Parenting 'Fails' That Are Actually Wins | Parents

Good news: A "fail" on your part may actually lead to a great learning experience for your child.

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The Possible Origins of 7 Instantly Recognizable Visual Clichés | Mental Floss

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

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Bob Ross was the inspiration behind this couple's hilarious pregnancy announcement

Beyoncé might have given us the best pregnancy announcement of 2017, but this couple comes in pretty close with a tribute to everyone's favorite public television painter: Bob Ross.

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92 Years of New Yorker Covers Visualized by Color | Mental Floss

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

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19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women | Mental Floss

Necessity isn't the only mother of invention. Though it wasn't always easy to get patents or the credit they deserved, women are responsible for many items we use today.

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The Time a Cat Terrified Parliament | Mental Floss

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

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People Began Domesticating the Amazon Rain Forest 8000 Years Ago

We think of the Amazon as wild and untamed, but scientists have found concentrations of tree species near archaeological sites, suggesting a long history of cultivation.

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You’re Probably Using the Drawer Under Your Oven Wrong

You might be storing your pans in a drawer meant to keep your food warm.

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A Subway Bastion Falls: Cell Service Goes Underground - The New York Times

As part of an effort to win over millennials, nearly all underground stations now have cell service and Wi-Fi, but some riders wonder how it will change etiquette rules.

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When Big Ideas Go Bad - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Power poses became the hottest thing on the internet. But the science doesn’t hold up.

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UX in Copywriting: Copy from an Experiential Point of View

Good copywriting is about creating an experience with the letters in the alphabet & the space on a page. We take a look at copy from a UX point of view.

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Nobody came to her birthday party. Then Bryce saved the day.

Bryce came to Brooke's 5th birthday party...and it meant a whole bunch to her.

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Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA - Curbed

Based on research back in the ‘80s, NASA recommended one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space. Here are its healthiest picks.

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Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft

These women are fighting sexism and keeping the nation safe at one of the oldest boys' clubs in the country.

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The lost world of 9/10: The Sept. 11 attacks and the end of American innocence

The day before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the last day of American innocence.

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Why Smart People Are Lazier than Their Dumb Friends | Broadly

According to a new study, people with a high need for cognition are more likely to spend their days lounging around and not exercising.

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The Week's Best Amazon Deals Are Still Available

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

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Get the last bit of shampoo out of the bottle with this relieving invention

Researchers from The Ohio State University are on a mission to remove one tiny frustration from our lives with their latest invention.

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5 Game-Changing Skills Every Young Entrepreneur Can Master

There are a handful of skills necessary to build whatever business you yearn to launch.

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Patient Nanny Dog Helps Raise Orphaned Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo

A five-year-old rescued Australian shepherd named Blakely has one of the most important jobs at the Cincinnati Zoo: He helps raise orphaned animals.

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Tour and Wine Tasting at the Rooftop Vineyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

On this new tour, experience a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard located in Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making | Books | The Guardian

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips

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People are puzzled over what's inside this mysterious red dot

The latest puzzle to sweep the Internet is the hidden picture inside this single red dot.

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Kids reading to shelter dogs is a program designed to help shy pups

This may be the most adorable program ever created. The Humane Society of Missouri is rolling out a new program, which not only acquaints shy dogs with friendly humans, but also helps young kids with their reading and animal skills.

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I watched the Super Bowl for the first time and I had no idea what was happening

I watched the Super Bowl for the first time and I had no idea what was happening

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Bei Bei the panda needed mom's help getting down from a tree

Bei Bei the panda successfully climbed a tree, but needed some help from mom in his return to earth.

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The Internet Thinks You Can Unspoil Wine With a Penny. Here’s the Truth.

Hey, did you know that you can revive a spoiled wine by just dropping a penny into your glass? Well, at least according to the internet. The truth, though, is much more complicated.

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6 Embarrassing Things You Do—and Why

Admit it: You've done at least one of these things before. Turns out, there's a scientific explanation for why.

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How Chewing Gum Prevents Songs From Getting Stuck in Your Head | Mental Floss

Researchers have come to the rescue with a scientifically backed earworm prevention weapon.

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10 Dangerous Toys from Decades Past (and the Commercials That Sold Them) | Mental Floss

Baby Boomers are a hardy bunch. They rode in cars that weren’t equipped with special toddler seats, walked to and from school without being electronically tethered to their parents, ate lunches filled with allergens and preservatives, played with toys that would be quickly pulled from shelves today, and still persevered to become the largest living generation of the U.S. population.

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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Men in Your Life | Mental Floss

Whether it's your brother, father, boyfriend, or friend, chances are there’s at least one guy on your gift list this year. Here are 11 clever gift ideas for the men in your life.

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From Marx to Microsoft: the origins of flat design

Help me. I’m on a laptop running Windows 8 right now. Like many others, I hate it and think it’s the worst operating system since the not-so-distant Vista.

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2-year-old girl slays her Adele impression

Some people know when it's best to lip sync instead of sing along — like with any Adele song ever.

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The New Yorker wants younger readers — but not enough to change itself

David Remnick puts his job eloquently as "to get the New Yorker from one shore to the other shore with our soul intact and if not our clothes dry."

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Mayim Bialik: Why I Wear My Jewish Star – Kveller

Oh, Israel. What a month it's been for you and me. I lost a lot of fans this month because of my love for you. But it's OK. I love you more than popularity, even when you make me crazy. And even th...

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The five best deals from Dell's leaked Black Friday sale - CNET

Black Friday is over a month away, but the deluge of deals and limited-time offers has begun. Scanned images of what's purported to be Dell's upcoming Black Friday promotion have emerged, and -- if the leak is accurate -- there are quite a few deals to be had.

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Thinking Hard Might Be Contagious, a New Study Finds | Mental Floss

A new study finds that sitting next to someone who’s concentrating hard can improve your own concentration.

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Why I Wear a Jewish Star on My Necklace – Tablet Magazine

When I was in fifth grade, my great-aunt took me to an Indian jewelry store in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood and bought me a necklace with a Jewish star pendant. It had only been three years since we immigrated from what’s now the former Sov

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The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell

If you haven't ever played Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts or FreeCell, it's safe to say you're in the minority. These simple Windows games have probably caused more lost worker hours than anything short of a worldwide coffee shortage. Whichever one was your favorite, the temptation to take just one more go at beating them—to get a faster time or a better score—was hard to ignore.

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This Man Had the Longest Birthday Ever

Sven Hagemeier celebrated his 26th birthday for an incredible 46 hours by flying from Auckland to Brisbane, then back in time to Hawaii across the International Date Line. He had worked out that during those 46 hours, he would only have to spend around 13 of them in the air.

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'Just Room Enough Island' Is Exactly That | Mental Floss

Here's one way to ensure you never have to deal with obnoxious neighbors: Build a summer home on an island big enough for your house and your house only. That's exactly what the Sizeland family did when they purchased this tiny speck of land, part of the Thousand Island chain, in the 1950s.

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How an Architect Builds a Sandcastle | Mental Floss

Renzo Piano, one of the world's most famous architects, breaks down the art of sandcastle construction.

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Grumpy Cat Has NOTHING on This Grumpy Dog

No matter what you do, the grumpy guy won't give a wag of the tail or flash an adorable doggie smile. Nope, five-month-old Earl is as sulky as Grumpy Cat, and is making waves all over the internet as he goes head-to-head with the world's grouchiest kitty.

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Why Does 'Terrible' Mean Bad and 'Terrific' Mean Good? | Mental Floss

Terrible and terrific both come from terror. And they both used to mean terror-inducing. So how did they end up meaning such different things? Here's the story of how terrific and terrible became terrific and terrible.

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8 Psychological Tricks of Restaurant Menus

Here are some ways restaurants use their menus to influence what you’re having for dinner.

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Story behind the birth control pill "calendar" dispenser - Boing Boing

In 1961, new parents David and Doris Wagner had a baby and Doris went on the birth control pill, just approved by the FDA the year before. Quickly though, Doris and David realized that it was too easy to forget a day and not realize it, so they invented a calendar dispenser that was the basis for the compact-shaped dial packs still common today.

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The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd

Are you an Oxford comma enthusiast? Sure, you know the difference between between there, their, and they're, but would you consider yourself a true grammar nerd? While some people balk at the term, plenty of others embrace it.

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Conan O'Brien thanks David Letterman: He 'completely rescued me'

Conan O'Brien bid farewell to David Letterman on his show 'Conan' on Wednesday night, with a heartfelt tribute to the late night television giant.

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Are Incomplete Sentences the New Thing Or...? | Mental Floss

How is language evolving on the internet? In this series on internet linguistics, Gretchen McCulloch breaks down the latest innovations in online communication.

Sometimes a sentence doesn't end where you'd expect, but. And yet somehow, you still know what the writer intended, so. This may be something you do all the time, or.

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Volunteers Step Up After School Closings Leave Baltimore Kids Hungry

A vast majority of Baltimore's 85,000 public school students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals, and the city's school closings Tuesday have left thousands of children without access to that food. Thankfully, volunteers and community orga...

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Sea lion pup arrested after impersonating a high schooler

A sea lion pup was detained on April 8 for breaking into Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, California without registering for classes. The pup seemed to think he could float by getting an easy A in Algebra, but his hopes were dashed after teachers called the sheriff's office.

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What Has Hank The Dog So Petrified?

There comes a time in every dog's life when fear must be met with bravery. This is one of those times, sort of. In a scene straight out of "The Blair Witch Project," Hank the dog confronts a terrible, frightening monster. The looming sen...

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Why Night Owls Make Better Lovers And Early Birds Make Better Friends

The tortoise and the hare. Coyote versus roadrunner. The Sharks and the Jets. There are many proverbial rivalries that have rocked this world, but perhaps none so divisive as the one between the early bird and the night owl -- two rivals who share th...

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The Best Grocery Store Bought Coffees, Ranked by a Barista

For coffee aficionados, it can be hard to remember the days before fair-trade, adjective-heavy specialty coffee. But before Counter Culture, or even Starbucks, there were first-wave roasters peddling steel cans of grounds (gasp!), the likes of which are now only seen on visits to your parents' house.

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Dr. Pepper The Doctor Of Choice For A 104-Year-Old Woman « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A Fort Worth woman started drinking Dr. Pepper in her 60's, now she's more than a century old.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England : The Salt : NPR

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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How to Hack Whole Foods

If you're one of those people who complains that Whole Foods is too expensive... you are probably a lot of fun at group dinners. But also, you're doing it wrong! You don't have to spend a whole lot of money to get a ton of great food, as there are plenty of ways to maximize your experience and become one of the many people you see in Whole Foods every single day.

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Rejoice – five coffees a day are good for you - Telegraph

This is a moment for celebration – assuming you're not currently on more than five coffees a day. The only question is: what sort? And when?

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The Mysterious, Murky Story Behind Soy-Sauce Packets - The Atlantic

How Chinese takeout, a Jewish businessman from the Bronx, and NASA-approved packaging have shaped the 50-year reign of a well-loved American condiment

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Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World - My Modern Met

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this…

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16 Things Katy Perry Looked Like During Her Half-Time Performance

Wow. Katy Perry is going to get a LOT of cease and desist letters tomorrow.

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Blizzard 2015: New England Buried, NYC Lifts Travel Ban

BLIZZARD '15: THE LATESTMassachusetts snow reaches 30 inchesPower out, heavy flooding on NantucketNYC and N.J. lift travel bans ...

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Candles raised, heads bowed: World stands with Paris after attack

Demonstrators in cities across France and other major European cities showed their solidarity with Paris following a terror attack on Wednesday.

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15 Easy Ways To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

You may think you know the basics when it comes to getting your home ready to sell: remove any clutter or personal effects, fix what’s broken, and stage your rooms. But buyers are a fickle lot, and they can fall in — or out — of love with a home [..

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Hello! Exploring the Superweird world of Hello Kitty - Boing Boing

An exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum showcases the beloved 40-year-old British girl known as Hello Kitty

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8 Pieces of Advice and Wisdom Regarding the Internet From Ann Landers | Mental Floss

In the mid-1990s, advice columnist Ann Landers sensed the rising tide of the Internet. She wasn't exactly an early adopter, and Landers made her weariness for the web known by highlighting a long series of letters from readers...

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Suspected Nazi War Criminals Collected Millions In Social Security Benefits After Fleeing The U.S.

Suspected Nazi war criminals are said to have collected millions in Social Security benefits after fleeing the country. Why? According to one beneficiary's son, it's as simple as,

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The Faces Behind 10 Disney Princes | Mental Floss

Being a Disney prince might not be all it's cracked up to be. The ladies typically get all the glory, while you're relegated to a line or two of harmony in a ballad—and some don't even get that (looking at you, Eric). Nonetheless, there are some talente

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The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

Mini pizza bagels? Now we're talking.

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NOTE to Diane Sawyer: "thank you for doing so much for women" | Gretawire

Diane Sawyer has now left the ABC News anchor desk and I want to tip my hat to her and thank her. She has done so much for women by being a great example.

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34 Inventions That Anxious People Wish Existed

Because you really need a translator that deciphers what that person meant when they texted you "k." ..

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9 Lies You Learned In Kindergarten And Probably Still Believe Today

Turns out you might need to repeat kindergarten: Some of the most basic things you learned your first time through aren't actually true. Being a kid is basically living a lie. Sometimes, it doesn't take long to debunk the myths you're told: Santa ...

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4 Semi-Delusional Things I Told Myself To Get My Novel Done

4 tips to help you finish writing your novel courtesy of Mira Jacob.

Hello, person working on your novel for God-knows-how-long! I see you there, eating your tuna sandwich over your keyboard at work, your face aglow with the Facebook triumphs of others. Today sucks, you say? I hear you.

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Electric Waste Orchestra

Creating unconventional musical instruments from outdated computer parts and other e-waste

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What Israeli Schoolchildren Sing to Deal With Rockets

  Israeli Schoolchildren:  This song was composed by a local teacher and has been taught to hundreds of schoolchildren within firing range of Gaza's rockets to help them deal with the fear and...

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How to cut your summer energy bills!

Turn off lights, maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner — here are ways to lower your summer energy bills sand still keep your cool.

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It’s National Best Friends Day: Call Your BFF and Thank Her

Mother’s Day is great. Father’s Day is great. Parents definitely deserve love and thanks for the crap they were put through by babies.

But you know who else deserves a big “Thanks!“? Best friends. And fortunately, today is the day to do it. Today is National Best Friends Day.

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11-Year-Old Makes An Unbreakable, Spill-Proof Cup For Her Ailing Grandfather

When Lily Born noticed her grandfather, who suffers from Parkinson's, was spilling his drinks, she decided to design him a better cup. The young...

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Starbucks Picasso serves (caffeine) high art

This barista deserves employee of every month. At most Starbucks, you're lucky if your cup comes sporting the correct spelling of your name. At one London location, patrons don't just get cups with their correct names on them... they also get a personal piece of art.

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The Most 90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.

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Ignore age—define generations by the tech they use

When kids are shown 1980s technology, they're dumbfounded. Today's generations will be divided by technology as it evolves, and they should be.

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What 1967 Thought 2001 Would Look Like!

Walter Cronkite, 1967, sitting in the living room of the Home of the 21st Century: "We could watch a football game, or a movie, shown in full color on our big 3D color screen. The sound would come from these globe-like speakers." His vision is reasonably correct...

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Red Wine and Chocolate Aren't Actually That Good for You

For those of us who enjoy a nightly glass of Cabernet and a couple squares of dark chocolate with the thought, "Think of all the antioxidants I'm getting!", a new study brings some rather sad news.

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Shopping GOOP: 10 more ridiculous things Gwyneth Paltrow is trying to sell you

Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow, didnt you learn anything from our first gallery of ridiculous stuff for sale on GOOP? Charge a grand for a single shot glass and the people will revolt!

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    Patrick Stewart Lives in Brooklyn and Eats Kale, but Hates Strollers

    At IWC’s Tribeca Film Festival party, Patrick Stewart admits he’s succumbing to many Brooklyn stereotypes—but he’d like to ban the prams.

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    A Hospital Door Handle That Sanitizes Hands With a Touch | Design | WIRED

    One design studio's clever solution to in-hospital infections? A door handle that encourages people to clean their hands every time they use it.

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        Who Runs The (Social Media) World? Girls. | TechCrunch

        Behind every great social media platform stands millions of great women. And boy do they love their smartphones! According to research compiled by..

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        Would You Do Volunteer Work to Pay Off Your Student Loans? Now You Can

        Amid the great music and movies (and, yes, parties) that will light up Austin, Texas, next month during the South by Southwest festival, a small nonprofit called SponsorChange.org will receive a community service award for finding a way to help college gr

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          Ship Lou Malnati's, Chicago's Best Deep Dish Pizza | Tastes of Chicago

          Are you looking to ship Lou Malnati's, Chicago's best deep dish pizza? Visit Tastes of Chicago today and order one up!

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            It’s Not a Disney Movie: This Refuge in Arkansas is Home to 60 Animal Friends Who Hang Out Together | Bored Panda

            We've already showed you a collection of beautiful animal friendships from around the world, but there's one little corner where there's a whole lot of unexpected animal friendships all in one place. The Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas is home to a huge bu

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              How To Kick Your Snooze Button Habit

              We'd be lying if we said it wasn't tempting to hit snooze. Considering around 35 percent of us get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, who wouldn't want just a few more minutes of undisturbed slumber?

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                Palace reshuffle as the Queen passes more royal responsibilities to Prince Charles | Royal | News | Daily Express

                THE relocating of staff within Buckingham Palace suggest that the first steps are being taken to bring Prince Charles to the throne.

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                  Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years - Telegraph

                  For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside.

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                    Little Boy Dances With Street Performer, Puts On Greatest Show Ever

                    We just love that little kids have a sense of propriety that differs from that of adults.

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                      13 Of The Most Joyful Moments Of 2013

                      2013 was a year full of joy. Take a stroll through some of the #bestfeelings of the entire year.

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                        The Accidental Birth of Wrapping Paper

                        J.C. and Rollie Hall ran into a problem during the 1917 holiday season. Business was booming, and they’d run out of the tissue papers that were the era’s standard gift dressing.

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                          San Francisco bans tour buses around 'Full House' homes

                          San Francisco bans tour buses around iconic Victorian homes featured in 'Full House'

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                            Console Wars Heat Up As Zenith Unveils Gamespace Pro

                            LINCOLNSHIRE, IL—With next-generation video game systems such as the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 hitting stores later this month, the console wars got even hotter today as electronics manufacturer Zenith announced the release of its own console,

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                              Newsweek: Los Angeles’s Endangered Modernist Homes

                              Los Angeles’s architectural gems are being endangered by a hot real estate market—and a decidedly Beverly Hills aesthetic.

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                                House once owned by Henry VIII up for sale for 2.6million (pounds)

                                Henry VIII seized stunning Westenhanger Manor, near Folkestone in Kent, in 1523 from Sir Edward Poynings, who had served as a diplomat under Henry VII.

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                                  5 benefits of having a smart and successful wife

                                  5 Benefits of Having a Smart and Successful Wife by Roger Sterling Jr I read a study earlier this year that showed that men who were told their partners scored in the top 12% of university students...

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                                    SheetzBox - Free Piano Sheet Music

                                    Sheetzbox is a free sheet music source for musicians of all ages and levels, aimed to help them improve their piano playing skills by providing them downloadable and printable sheet music.

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                                      Tokyo commuters push 32-ton train away from platform to free woman...

                                      Train passengers and railway staff push a train car in their effort to rescue a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform while getting off at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo, Monday morning, July 22, 2013. A

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                                        'Arrested Development' banana stand takes Manhattan ahead of show's return

                                        The yellow, banana-shaped hut was set up to promote the return of the beloved series, which was cancelled back in 2006. 

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                                            Etsy Weekend:Eco-friendly Clutch and Wallet

                                            Rikrak at Etsy carries items made out of sustainable fabrics. The fabrics have different personalities – sweet, classic, and bold. I’ve been looking