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Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The stories of the people enslaved by the father of our country is told in a new exhibition at Washington's home.

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Watch the First Trailer for RBG, the Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It's a superhero movie starring an 84-year-old lawyer.

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This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went. Neuroscience is beginning to trace the causes of childhood amnesia.

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No, Getting a Hole Drilled in Your Head Was Never a Migraine Cure. There were plenty of other reasons for trepanation.

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Tales From A Hollywood Child Wrangler. Child actors are a different breed, but the kids are doing their best.

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Here’s What It’s Like To Be the Face of a National Movement When You’re a Senior in High School. Emma González is afraid she doesn't deserve to go to college.

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Why Driverless Cars Are So Overhyped. The driver is not the biggest traffic problem that needs to be solved.

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11 Little-Known Words for Specific Family Members. You can teach them to your niblings.

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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked
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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked. Watching them all will keep you too busy to argue about the ranking.

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Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World? A lot of hard work goes into making sure you don't have to think about them.

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Wollemi Pines Are Dinosaur Trees. After flourishing for 100 million years, they had to be rescued from extinction in the 1990s.

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Why the Finns Don't Want to be Happy. Despite the highest quality of life in the world, they aren't going to press their luck.

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The Heyday of Penny Restaurants. The food wasn't free, because that would rob the transaction of its dignity.

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Forget the World Cup, Let’s Play Motor-Ball! Soccer played on motorcycles was exciting, but not at all safe.

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Jeans. They never go out of style, because they come in so many styles.

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10 Star-Studded Facts About the Hollywood Sign. It's been there, off and on, since 1923.

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How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture
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How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

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The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

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Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses.

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George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse.

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The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy.

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The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

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The Secret to Loving Your Life. The first step is giving up on the notion that you are in control.

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10 TV Characters Who Were Inspired By Real People. Not all of them were happy about it.

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