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In 1984, a woman named Julia Schinghomes visited Alan Turing’s former school in Dorset, England, and made off with an entire collection of artifacts that had been donated by Turing’s mother.

"We thought she was sick, turns out she's just a jerk."

Rediscover the enchanted world of the Rankin/Bass cult classic—but keep a wary eye out for beasts, brutes, and Mommy Fortuna.

Would kids eat more broccoli if it tasted better? A few years ago, McDonald’s tried to answer that very question.

In 1949, Superman fought his toughest opponent yet: xenophobia.

Each animated film or series in this quiz has had its plot seriously modified by a single missing letter in its name. Match each description & animation:

These are the most popular books checked out of the New York Public Library since it opened its doors 125 years ago.

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As far as we're concerned, that is Ben Franklin's baby now.

This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element —

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Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they felt gay.

On this date in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday.

Want to Save the Environment? Eat Less Meat —

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On this date in 1955, Doc Brown hit his head on the edge of his sink and invented time travel.

If at first you don't succeed, try these gift-wrapping hacks. 🎁

Every date this week reads the same backwards as it does forward. 9.10.19 9.11.19 9.12.19 9.13.19 9.14.19 9.15.19 9.16.19 9.17.19 9.18.19 9.19.19 Here's hoping #PalindromeWeek  brings some order to your life!

'The Dark Knight' Is Returning to Theaters for a 10th Anniversary IMAX Re-Release

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