The Hiker's Guide to Trail Etiquette

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The Hiker's Guide to Trail Etiquette. Respect your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

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How the Secret of Saving Private Ryan’s Power Lies in its Portrayal of the Enemy. Putting the viewer in place of a U.S. soldier meant making Germans into inhuman caricatures.

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The Tragic Roots of America’s Favorite Cherry. The Bing cherry was named for a 6-foot Chinese horticulturist named Ah Bing.

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How a Behavioral Scientist Influenced City Design All Over the World. For too long, city design centered on buildings and roads, instead of the people who live and work there.

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A History of Modern Capitalism from the Perspective of the Straw. Designed for sanitary use, they've become a sanitation problem.

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An Ode to the Ladies Pant Suit of Zanzibar. See a collection of images of the Swahili women's fashions of yore.

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Chef Ben Churchill Specializes in Food that Looks Like Other Things. He can serve you a dessert that resembles cleaning supplies, potted plants, or a full ashtray.

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The Surprisingly Devious History of CAPTCHA. While checking for bots, it also harnessed your effort for a useful project.

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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