Last-Minute Travel Tips for San Diego Comic-Con 2018

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Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images

Last-Minute Travel Tips for San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Get ready to party with 130,000 of your new best friends.

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Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles? They made the city attractive, but it wasn't an original idea.

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New Software Can Isolate Musical Instruments from a Band Recording. It will be a boon to recording studios, remixers, and anyone who wants to learn, say, the trumpet part from an orchestra performance.

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Hoarders, Hauntings, and Two-Headed Cows: Dealing Dead People's Things. Duane Scott Cerny shares stories from a lifetime of collecting items for his antique store.

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On Letting Kids Be Kids at Summer Camp. For them, it's a short escape from everyday life.

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The Mysterious Disappearance of North America's First Dogs. They accompanied people coming here 10,000 years ago, but their DNA has since vanished.

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Financial Aid Letters are Really, Really Confusing. More than half of them in a study did not make it clear how much college would cost.

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8 Tips for Haggling at a Car Dealership, According to Insiders. Never pay more than you absolutely have to.

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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