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Surprisingly Intimate Moments of Daily Life Around the World

As with his well-known photo, "Afghan Girl," these pictures of strangers from photojournalist Steve… >>

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8 Flower Photos With Surprising Emotional Pull

Photographer joSon captures soul and beauty in these remarkable flower photos. >>

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You’ll Never Believe Who Invented the Super Soaker!

The Popsicle, the super soaker, the kevlar vest ... some of the craziest invention stories ever. >>

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David Brooks: How Much of Our Time Should Politics Take?

In the garden of democracy, politics should support, not dominate, our lives, argues the New York… >>

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St. Patrick’s Day in Pictures: How the World Celebrates

Take a look at how people all over the world celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on March 17. Is… >>

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Strange Secrets About Websites You Use Every Day

Why is Facebook blue? Why is Google buying up electricity? Can you really sell ANYTHING on eBay? We… >>

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How and Why We Pray

Organized religion may be losing members, but prayer is more popular than ever. A look at the… >>

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Can David Milarch Save Endangered Trees Through Cloning?

People said David Milarch was nuts. Then his far-fetched plan for saving our treasured trees… >>

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You Be the Judge: The Case of the Second Texter

Is the person who sends a distracting text just as responsible for 
a car accident? >>

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What Is Bitcoin? Everything You Need to Know

Stop asking yourself, "What is bitcoin?"—these articles have all the answers you need. >>

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What Life Was Like on the Last Day at the Waffle House

An account of the dismantling of an extraordinary ordinary place. >>

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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… >>

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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? >>