How Thomas Edison’s Boxing Film Inspired Pay-Per-View

How Edison’s Boxing Film Inspired Pay-Per-View. When “Gentleman Jim” Corbett met Peter Courtney on film in 1894, movies began to make money.

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How People Created Ice in the Desert 2000 Years Ago. It's the ancient art of "night-sky cooling."

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An Expanding Circular Dining Table. Watch a table for four become a table for eight and still look good.

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Is a Hole a Real Thing, or Just a Place Where Something Isn’t? Is it the dough you cut out of a doughnut, or the space that's left behind?

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The Impossible Skateboard Flip. Top skaters can do it, but they have to understand the physics involved.

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How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests. When we change the environment, animals adapt in any way they can.

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Tom Hanks's Moral Panic Film. The 1982 TV movie Mazes and Monsters rode the wave of public unease surrounding Dungeons & Dragons.

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The Best Fried Chicken in All 50 States. Comparing them all would make a truly glorious road trip.

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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above
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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above. Julius Neubronner lost a pigeon and developed avian photography.

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How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? More than we have now, but we can still easily destroy ourselves.

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11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. Building useful habits will make you more observant.

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A Classic Animated Film That Explores What Happens When No One Dares to Stand Up to Evil. The Hangman from 1964 illustrates a poem by Maurice Ogden.

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The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase. She was the only woman on the beach at Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

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Dirty, Dishonest, and Badly Behaved: Sophia Jarvis, Victorian Maid. Did she stand a chance in court against her abusive employer?

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8 Questionable Decisions People Have Made to Keep Playing Pokemon Go. Two years later, it's hard to understand the mania that surrounded the game.

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How Water Could Power Long-Distance Space Travel
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How Water Could Power Long-Distance Space Travel. It's a matter of separating the hydrogen from the oxygen.

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The First Murder Solved by a Fingerprint. La Plata, Argentina, had just set up their new fingerprint department.

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How an Army of Suffragettes Helped Save America From Starvation. The Woman's Land Army sent young women to faraway farms to bring in the crops.

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Full Color 3D X-Rays Are Here. They sound too cool to be real, but seeing one can also give you the creeps.

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19 Unwritten Rules That Everyone Seems To Follow. There are some things that everyone just does, even though they've never been told to, and they certainly have never been told why.

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On The Far Side. You loved the comic, but how much do you know about its creator, Gary Larson?

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How to Make the Perfect Glass of Iced Tea. However, this cold brew method is not compatible with the supersaturated Southern version.

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12 Secrets of Film Editors. We couldn't enjoy a movie without them.

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