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How 'The Pet Revolution' Unleashed A New Top Dog In America

How 'The Pet Revolution' Unleashed A New Top Dog In America

The dog takeover

A new book argues that we've seen a fundamental shift in the treatment of pets since 1998.

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This Musician's Unlikely Duet Partner? The Golden Gate Bridge

This Musician's Unlikely Duet Partner? The Golden Gate Bridge

Nate Mercereau decided to make music using the sound of wind traveling through the Golden Gate Bridge.

Renovations to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge made it produce an eerie humming sound. Guitarist Nate Mercereau heard its musical potential and made an album by playing along.

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How A Beloved Giant Rat Won Free Speech Rights

How A Beloved Giant Rat Won Free Speech Rights

Where there are labor disputes, Scabby the Rat — in this case deployed by a local union in Chicago — will be there to call attention to workers

The 12-foot-tall inflatable called "Scabby" has been used for decades as a symbol in union disputes. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board signaled it could outlaw its use in some situations.

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South Africa's Cape Town Is Currently Frigid — But Swimmers Are Still At The Beach

South Africa's Cape Town Is Currently Frigid — But Swimmers Are Still At The Beach

Cape Town in South Africa is going through one of its coldest winters in recent memory. Those who swim in the ocean water claim mental and physical health benefits.

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Why Even The Most Elite Investors Do Dumb Things When Investing

Why Even The Most Elite Investors Do Dumb Things When Investing

Frustrated investor, losing to a drunken monkey

A new study finds finance professionals fail at their jobs in a surprising way. There are lessons for all of us.

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There's A Way You Can Beat The Best Investors. You've Just Got To Know When To Sell

There's A Way You Can Beat The Best Investors. You've Just Got To Know When To Sell

Frustrated investor, losing to a drunken monkey

A new study finds finance professionals fail at their jobs in a surprising way. There are lessons for all of us.

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You Can Now (Possibly) Get Your Hands On A Piece Of Princess Diana's Wedding Cake

You Can Now (Possibly) Get Your Hands On A Piece Of Princess Diana's Wedding Cake

Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles were married in London, England on  July 29, 1981. A piece of one of their official wedding cakes is expected to fetch hundreds of dollars at auction.

A large slice of icing from one of the nearly two dozen official 1981 wedding cakes will go up for auction next week. The auction house says it's in good condition, "but we advise against eating it."

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A Sci-Fi Store Is Suing, And Presenting The Facts In An Action-Packed Comic Book

A Sci-Fi Store Is Suing, And Presenting The Facts In An Action-Packed Comic Book

Third Planet, a sci-fi and fantasy store in Houston, is suing the hotel next door over roof damage and using a unique way to present the facts in the case: BAM! BOOM! BOFFO! A comic book!

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Journalism Chops And Receptionist Charm Will Get You A Job And Home In West Virginia

Journalism Chops And Receptionist Charm Will Get You A Job And Home In West Virginia

A newspaper in Sisterville, W.Va., is looking for a new reporter. The job comes with free lodging in a historic hotel, as long as the candidate is willing to staff the front desk a few times a week.

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A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Look-Alikes A Mile Under The Ocean's Surface

A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Look-Alikes A Mile Under The Ocean's Surface

More than a mile underwater, the cartoon doppelgangers were found side by side.

A photo of a real-life sponge and starfish hanging out together delighted the internet. But "the reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest," says the researcher who posted it.

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A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Lookalikes A Mile Under The Ocean's Surface

A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Lookalikes A Mile Under The Ocean's Surface

More than a mile underwater, the cartoon doppelgangers were found side by side.

A photo of a real-life sponge and starfish hanging out together delighted the internet. "The reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest," says the researcher who posted it.

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Check Those Boxes In Your Attic: Comic Books And Collectibles Have Doubled In Price

Check Those Boxes In Your Attic: Comic Books And Collectibles Have Doubled In Price

Comic books and other collectibles have doubled in price since the pandemic started. A new generation has started collecting and high prices in one market is driving demand in others.

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Picture A Giant Hamster Wheel Washed Ashore On A Florida Beach

Picture A Giant Hamster Wheel Washed Ashore On A Florida Beach

Reza Baluchi built the contraption intending to walk on water from Florida to New York. But his trip was cut short after he realized he was missing some crucial gear — including charging cables.

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Farewell To A New York Icon: The Astor Place Kmart

Farewell To A New York Icon: The Astor Place Kmart

New Yorkers remember a strange shopping destination where nothing felt quite right: the Kmart on Astor Place. It closed abruptly this month.

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The Gun That Killed Billy The Kid Is Going Up For Auction. Starting Bid: $2 Million

The Gun That Killed Billy The Kid Is Going Up For Auction. Starting Bid: $2 Million

Pat Garrett

An iconic piece of the Wild West goes up for sale: the gun that killed Billy the Kid.

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Facebook Flags Gardening Group For Violating Its Standards

Facebook Flags Gardening Group For Violating Its Standards

WNY Gardeners in western New York has more than 7,500 members. The word "hoe" is what got them into trouble. Facebook's algorithms sometimes flag that word as "violating community standards."

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3 Women Found Out They Were Dating The Same Man. What Happened Next?

3 Women Found Out They Were Dating The Same Man. What Happened Next?

They became friends and fixed up an old bus, and went on a months-long road trip across the U.S. Their ex-boyfriend told The Washington Post, "I think the best thing right now is to say nothing."

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In 'Berserk' Biopic, A 57-Year-Old Plays Celine Dion At Nearly Every Age — Even 12

In 'Berserk' Biopic, A 57-Year-Old Plays Celine Dion At Nearly Every Age — Even 12

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rachel Handler, features writer for Vulture and New York Magazine, about the unofficial Celine Dione biopic, Aline, which just screened at Cannes Festival.

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In A 'Berserk' Biopic, A 57-Year-Old Plays Celine Dion At Nearly Every Age — Even 12

In A 'Berserk' Biopic, A 57-Year-Old Plays Celine Dion At Nearly Every Age — Even 12

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rachel Handler, features writer for Vulture and New York Magazine, about the unofficial Celine Dione biopic, Aline, which just screened at Cannes Festival.

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Mac & Cheese Is The Ice Cream You Never Thought You'd Need And Now It's Hard To Get

Mac & Cheese Is The Ice Cream You Never Thought You'd Need And Now It's Hard To Get

Limited-edition macaroni and cheese ice cream is now available while supplies last.

Macaroni & cheese ice cream is here, and not everyone thinks it's a good idea. "We are living in the last days," comedian Josh Pray says.

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