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These tall tale postcards, made by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. and William H. Martin. The hilariously exaggerated scenes of fishermen with their absurd catches were extremely popular before WWI, but they aren't extinct yet.http://io9.com/the-amazing-wo... Read more...

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Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison.Read more...

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Well, Star Wars Rebels certainly knows how to have fun. What started out as a rather dull story of sibling rivalry between Zeb and Ezra turned positively gleeful when our characters kind of accidentally steal a TIE fighter and use it to mess with the Empire.Read more...

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Back in 2010, Darek Fidyka became paralyzed from the waist down after suffering stab wounds to his back. Now, after 19 months of treatment in which cells from his brain were transplanted into his spinal column, he can walk with a frame. Researchers are calling it a "historic breakthrough."Read more...

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Disney's rights to the John Carter series of stories have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. But does anyone want to buy it? Read more...

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Ah, Kickstarter. It's full of crazy ideas for all sorts of things - now including an actual goddamn Hoverboard that let's you basically pretend to be Marty McFly. Thanks, science!Read more...

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I've had some reservations about Gotham, the new Batman prequel show. I loved Detectives Bullock and Gordon, but didn't like Bruce or Barbara, and the young-villain cameos seemed gratuitous. But last night's episode finally clicked for me — and here's the exact moment when I decided I love this show.Read more...

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Nobody wants to be "used as a pawn." But, in truth, pawns have a better chance of survial than knights and queens. Based on data from more than two million master-level tournament games, this chart shows the chances for each chess piece to remain standing until the bitter end.Read more...

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Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as "greatart" right away?Read more...

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Here's yet another reminder that Person of Interest is currently the best genre show on network television, and there's a new episode tonight. This season, the running storyline about artificial intelligence has ramped way up , and it's gotten crazy good. And to whet your appetite, here's an exclusive clip!Read more...

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If you've been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer. This is a time-honored way of dealing with tritium contamination, from the early days of Los Alamos to today. Read more...

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When an English-language television show makes the jump to a non-English-speaking country, the show is often retitled to appeal to the new audience. And it's pretty entertaining to see how Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who are retitled.Read more...

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For the first time ever, scientists have observed interspecies warfare in bees — a spectacular natural phenomenon involving prolonged aerial battles and kamikaze attacks that result in thousands of fatalities in both attacking and defending colonies.Read more...

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If there was any doubt that post-apocalyptic fiction rules the book world, it was probably erased when Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven became a National Book Award finalist. But why do today's hottest writers write stories set after the end? We talked to Mandel and four other post-apocalyptic authors, to find out.Read more...

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This image from NASA reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was — until recently — desolate prairie. This is the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation stretching across parts of North Dakota, Montana and Canada. The lights are from the illuminated derricks, local boomtowns and gas flares of the oil fields.Read more...

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This week, Halloween comes to Sleepy Hollow via a terrifying revelation. No, not the Headless Horseman No, not the demon possessions. No, not the sick kid who staggered into town and disrupted the hospital. No, not the pipers in the woods. Not even this week's ghost! You guys...Katrina did something.Read more...

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Connecticut manufacturer Giantmicrobes, which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microorganisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including its small and large Ebola dolls and its Ebola petri dish toy. What is WRONG with you people?Read more...

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WARNING: Once you see the uncut footage of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his full-body motion capture performance as The Hobbit's Smaug — which is to say "lying on the floor and acting evil at nothing" — you may never see the dragon of destruction the same way again. Or Benedict Cumberbatch, for that matter.Read more...

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Behold the first-ever footage from the unauthorized (or, as the creator is calling it, bootleg) animated series JUDGE DREDD: Superfriend. This teaser trailer looks insane. Good.Read more...

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It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire.Read more...

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The new MTV Scream television series won't have the iconic Ghostface murderer or murder mask. This is odd as that mask is a huge part of the Scream legacy—and well, is this really Scream without Ghostface? Read more...

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Our global population of 7 billion has been steadily expanding and it's only going to grow faster as the century continues. But what will a world with 11 billion people look like? Paul Hanley has a written a book on the subject and he's here to answer our questions.Read more...

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Preorder to save on Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions. While the discount on the DVD version is deeper than the Blu-ray release, preorder price protection basically makes that a moot point. You'll pay the lowest price the Blu-ray hits before release, and not get charged until to ships. [The Lost Missions]Read more...

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As the title song always said, G.I. Joe 's purpose is to defend the world against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. They may have been ruthless and determined, but they sure as hell weren't smart. See these actual 14 ludicrously moronic plots for the G.I. Joe cartoon for proof. Read more...

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