Why This Year's Best Picture Race is a Total Crapshoot

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Why This Year's Best Picture Race is a Total Crapshoot. Four of the nominees would not surprise us if they won, but the other five wouldn't shock us, either.

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Can You Solve the Seven Planets Riddle? The key is to simplify the search for criminals who jump from one planet to another.

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The Dirty Secret of ‘Secret Family Recipes.’ You might be surprised to find where Grandma's recipe really came from.

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To Boldly Stay: How Deep Space Nine Upended Star Trek by Exposing Utopia's Dark Side. Keeping the action in one space station forced the writers to look in new directions.

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18 Images That Prove Cats Are Our Masters And Not The Other Way Around. Cats don't care about your silly rules.

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The Truth About Queso (And How Chipotle Got It Wrong). The evolution of the Tex-Mex treat includes the influence of fondue and Welsh rarebit.

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Did Human Sacrifice Help People Form Complex Societies? Maybe, but the findings tell a much more complicated story.

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Weird Camera Effects. Unearthly images are not caused by aliens or ghosts, just modern technology.

The Weird and Mystical World of Sleepwalking

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The Weird and Mystical World of Sleepwalking. A short history of somnambulism that covers famous cases, scientific research, and pop culture.

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Should the Nobel Prizes Be Canceled for a Year? It would be a chance to return to the awards' original standards.

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Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu. The city shut down completely to deal with the epidemic.

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Is This the Most Magical Meal on Earth? Dinner at Disneyland’s 21 Royal will cost you $15,000, but that's for 12 people and includes park tickets.

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A New Discovery Shows That Galileo Edited His Ideas to Fool the Inquisition. The scientist's 1613 letter detailing his views on the Bible had been lost for 250 years.

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What’s the Maximum Gravity We Could Survive? We need to figure that out before we select an exoplanet to colonize.

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11 Tasty Ways to Celebrate Autumn. It's time for apples and pumpkins and don't forget the maple syrup!

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14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of NYC Taxi Drivers. They quickly learn to handle all kinds of passengers.

The 81 Best Creepy Horror Movies

Karen Gillan stars in Oculus (2013)
Karen Gillan stars in Oculus (2013)
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The 81 Best Creepy Horror Movies. They engender a sense of dread without relying on cheap tricks to scare you.

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The New Philadelphia Flyers Mascot is a Terrifying Monstrosity. "Gritty" even comes with a weird backstory.

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The Greatest Trick This Magician Ever Pulled Was Convincing 1900s Europe He Wasn't a Complete Fraud. Chung Ling Soo was none of the things he became famous for.

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The First English Novel Was About Talking Cats. Author William Baldwin sat on Beware the Cat for 10 years due to the politics of Tudor royalty.

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19 Restaurant Designs That Are Comically Bad. This is what happens when usability and aesthetics give way to edginess or laziness.

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When Televisions Were Radioactive. Sitting too close to the screen really was a danger when color sets were new.

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The Inexplicably Fascinating Japanese Art of Being Useless. Chindōgu even comes with 10 useless commandments.

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The Secret Cave in Central Park—And Why It Was Sealed. You might find it, but you can't go in.

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