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Scientists May Have Figured out Why We Hiccup

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Scientists at University College London studied thirteen newborn babies. The researchers found that when the babies hiccuped, there was a surge of neural activity. They speculate that hiccuping teaches babies how to regulate their own…

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The 2014 MU69 Has A New Name

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The most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft has a new name. Known before as 2014 MU69, the 21-mile-wide (34 kilometers) body visited by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on January 1 is now officially…

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Forgotten Middle Child Mints

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Forgotten Middle Child Mints Are you a middle child who feels overlooked, forgotten, or ignored? Don’t let resentment and bitterness leave a bad taste in your mouth. Use the Forgotten Middle Child Mints from the…

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Gin Infused with Elephant Poop

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The premise is simple, yet brilliant: elephants eat a vast variety of plants, but digest only about a third of them. So why not pass on those flavors to drinkers by mixing the essence of…

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Dano Brown’s Action Figures

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George Lucas proved that no matter how much you make in movies, the real money is in action figures. Kids play with them, fans collect them, and others just want to have a souvenir of…

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Three Communists Weigh in on Red Dawn

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The 1984 movie Red Dawn was an action-packed speculative war movie designed to appeal to teenagers. Communist forces from the USSR, Cuba, and Nicaragua parachute into a small town in Colorado and a group of…

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The Last Victim of Smallpox

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In 1977, a hospital cook named Ali Maow Maalin came down with smallpox in Somalia. It was a rare outbreak after a global vaccination program restricted the disease to the Horn of Africa, but Maalin…

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