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How George Lucas Brought Star Wars to the Big Screen

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How George Lucas Brought Star Wars to the Big Screen. His original ideas were a far cry from what we eventually saw.

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Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From? That was easier to determine than the reasoning behind the rule.

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Historical Portraits of People and Their Pets. Even before photography, they were important enough to be painted.

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The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk. Drinking it, keeping it safe, and profiting from it all caused scandals.

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Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot has Learned to Run and Jump—and Escape! The company unveiled a demonstration of the robot's new skills last week, and Auralnauts wasted no time in giving the footage a plot.

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12 Myths About Coffee You Need To Stop Believing Immediately. Scientists, who consume a lot of coffee, have checked them out for you.

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For 6 Decades, 'The Man With the Golden Arm' Donated Blood—and Saved 2.4 Million Babies. James Harrison's rare and valuable blood factor wouldn't have been found if he weren't so generous.

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Why Graduates Dress the Way They Do. Academic regalia has a long and symbol-rich history.

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The History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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A Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool 2
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2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

A Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool 2. Basically, if you liked the first Deadpool, you'll love this one, too.

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Pulling Off the Perfect Power Nap. A half-hour nap is good, but a longer nap is even better.

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Identical Twins Hint at How Environments Change Gene Expression. Studies of twins separated at birth are shedding new light on how nature and nurture work together to create who we are.

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The Ultimate Senior Prank. Police in Cumberland, Wisconsin, got a call about a car that had driven through a wall into the local high school's principal's office, but then had a good laugh.

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The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints. Using them to solve crimes is a relatively recent innovation.

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A lathe is a serious investment in money, time, space, and material. That's why we have WebGL Lathe Workshop, where you can turn a nice newel or chair leg online, for free (with sound effects)!

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7 Priceless Items People Sold on eBay. Most brought a pretty good price.

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