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How Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program

Travel enthusiasts buy thousands of coins with credit cards that award frequent-flier miles for purchases. The government picks up the tab for shipping.

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The Comedian Who Ran For Mayor

"I just invented a new political party," John Gnarr says. "I was not drunk or anything." He called his party the "Best Party." Because what could be better than the best party?

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Why Iceland Isn't Just A Barren Rock

Iceland is a forbidding place. How did it become one of the most prosperous nations on earth? Fish. And books.

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