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At the wise age of 79, Dolores Westfall knows food shopping on an empty stomach is a fool’s errand. On her way to the grocery store last May, she pulled into the Town & Country Family Restaurant to take the edge off her appetite.

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A woman drank only soda for 16 years, here’s what happened to her


Many people will grab a can of soda pop when they feel thirsty. Here’s why allowing that to take over all your drinking habits would impact your body.

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How Chubbuck’s Suicide Video Is a ‘Holy Grail’


No one’s been able to track it down, but not for lack of trying.

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10 of the Sneakiest, Most Conniving Animals In the World


The sneakiest animals on the planet are featured here. The bird who pretends to be shade is, ehem, particularly shady.

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a blog about wars and military defense news.

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The rise of humankind, in one mesmerizing map


One map shows the entire history of the world’s population

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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week


The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes


New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children

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Could Naked Mole-Rats Hold the Key to Everlasting Life?

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Stunning Photos Of Elizabeth Taylor In Iran 1976


In 1976 Elizabeth Taylor was in Iran. Photographer Firooz Zahedi was there to record her visit.

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Here’s What 100,000 People Trapped In A Train Station Looks Like


Worst. Commute. Ever.

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Photos: From Jennifer Lawrence to Lupita Nyong’o: Hollywood’s Fiercest


For Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood Portfolio, the legendary photographer captured 13 of the cinema’s finest actresses for the portraits you see here. Measured by years, awards, or performances, they’re dazzling to behold. For James Wolcott’s commentary on what makes each of our stars so singular, expand the captions.

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The Real Culprits in Rising White Mortality


The Times’ analysis falls short on explaining causes and conditions.

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Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, W.H.O. Says


In its decision, the World Health Organization highlighted the seriousness of the Zika outbreak, a mosquito-borne virus thought to cause birth defects that has exploded in Latin America, and gave countries powerful tools to fight it.

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Microsoft study shows that tech is shortening your attention span

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The war-hungry women written out of photographic history


Lee Miller was famous for her shots of the second world war, but there were many other women in the line of fire whose photographs have faded into obscurity: meet Gerda Taro, Catherine Leroy and Françoise Demulder

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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CLXXIV)


1. The Man who Collects Stones For years, every day, Luigi Lineri has walked along the Adige in search of stones… In the mid-1960s, Lineri noticed that some of the small rocks that have […]

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Clever Illustrations That Turn Everyday Objects Into Creative, Whimsical Images

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Americans Are Living Longer, Thanks to the Clean Air Act


Americans have gained 336 million life-years since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, according to researchers at the University of Chicago

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Horror Movies: Why People Love Them

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Searching for the Nazi Who Saved My Mother’s Life

Among my family’s many wartime secrets is the shocking story of the SS officer who rescued my mother as a toddler and hid her in a Polish convent. I fixated on tracking down this Nazi torturer eager to learn more about his surprising act of kindness.

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Among my family’s many wartime secrets is the shocking story of the SS officer who rescued my mother as a toddler and hid her in a Polish convent. I fixated on tracking down this Nazi torturer eager to learn more about his surprising act of kindness.

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David Schalliol photographs New York’s affordable housing residents.

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Potato Head Blues: Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven

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10 Internet Romances Turned Nightmares – ODDEE


They met on the Internet and fell instantly in love… what could possibly go wrong?

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In a world with no antibiotics, how did doctors treat infections?


The development of antibiotics and other antimicrobial therapies is arguably the greatest achievement of modern medicine.

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19 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in February | Mental Floss


You might not find any Hallmark cards for these holidays, but they’re well worth celebrating.

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The Economics of Pawn Shops


Pawn shops are America’s lenders of last resort. But even for the same item, the amount pawn shops will loan you can vary more than 1,000%.

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5/52: Shadows (Explored) Headless Figures – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. 6 ft. bronze figures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Disturbing and mysterious, who they represent is open to your own interpretation.

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5/52: Shadows (Explored)

5/52: Shadows (Explored) Headless Figures – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. 6 ft. bronze figures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Disturbing and mysterious, who they represent is open to your own interpretation.


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An Undersea Volcano May Be Erupting Off The US Northwest Coast


Geologists have good reason to believe that an active underwater volcano, the Axial Seamount, is erupting about 300 miles (482 km) off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Remarkably, two scientists predicted the event almost perfectly.

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In retrospect: The selfish gene


Matt Ridley reassesses Richard Dawkins’s pivotal reframing of evolution, 40 years on.

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3 tunes

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit.

The Eagles – Hotel California.

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb.