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Which Movies Were Better Than the Book?

Some authors kick and scream when a director bulks up a book’s plot for the silver screen. But… >>

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8 of the Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

With their skillfully crafted design and architecture, these famous opera houses are among the most… >>

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Quick: How Does This Picture Make You Feel?

“Too often, when people walk into a museum, they secretly think, 
I can’t see the point of… >>

stella liebeck
Remember the Hot Coffee Lawsuit? What Really Happened

An elderly woman is burned when she spills a cup of hot coffee on her lap. She sues her way to a… >>

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The RD Interview: Anna Quindlen on Her Proudest Achievement

The beloved author talks about midlife surprises, lifelong friendships, and her proudest… >>

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Seth MacFarlane Confesses: “I Regret I Never Got to Meet Carl Sagan”

When I was a kid, astronomer Carl Sagan meant the sun, the moon, and the stars to me. >>

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The Psychic, The Novelist, and the $17 Million Scam

"Take off your bracelet," the fortune-teller commands. That's a test. Do you trust? You'd be amazed… >>

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You Be the Judge: The Case of the Falling Filmgoer

Should a movie theater pay when a patron takes a spill? >>

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11 of the Most Emotional Winter Olympic Moments Ever

Relive the heartbreaking defeats and inspiring victories of some of the world's most talented… >>

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What Pump-Up Songs Get Olympic Athletes Going?

Need a kick in the shorts? Team USA Winter Olympians explain how they get pumped to perform. >>

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7 Motivational Quotes Olympic Champions Rely On

Before the Sochi Winter Olympics, athletes from Team USA shared their private motivational quotes… >>

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How a Mother Taught Her Daughter to Admire Real Women

For Emma Moore, Disney princesses will not do. >>

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7 Cats With Better Jobs Than You

A brief look at the myriad meowfices held by felines throughout history. >>

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This Dad’s Sandwich-Bag Art Is Unbelievably Awesome

In May 2008, graphic designer David Laferriere drew a chicken on his son's sandwich bag. This… >>

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Sorry: Dolphins Aren’t Smiling

A dolphin's "smile" is actually an illusion. So is our belief that these animals can heal. >>

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Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot

They'll run food or medicine, guns or drugs, for the highest bidder. They'll fly in planes that are… >>

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8 Fascinating Facts about Twins

Seeing double? This year American women will give birth to more than 140,000 sets of twins. Here's… >>

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The Case of the Peeping Photographer

Can an artist take pictures of his neighbors and then sell them without permission? You be the… >>

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Falling for Math

A scholar describes how humble numbers can beautifully illuminate our world. >>

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The RD Interview: Bob Costas

If he's wearing a parka, you know it's time for another Winter Olympics. The boyish broadcaster… >>