Born Ehrich Weiss, Harry Houdini, a rabbi's son, emigrated from Budapest to Appleton, Wis., in 1878. Courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Candidates in the New York governor's race — Carl Paladino (from left), Jimmy McMillan, Andrew Cuomo, Charles Barron, Howie Hawkins, Kristin M. Davis and Warren Redlich — participate in Monday's debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Audrey Tiernan, Pool/AP hide caption

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Helene Martich smokes in a Times Square pedestrian island in New York City, something that would be illegal under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on smoking in city parks, beaches, and parts of Times Square. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The story of sealing the BP's busted well once and for all still has drama. It just doesn't have dramatic pictures. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press hide caption

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The Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by Austrian Margarete (Grete) Schuette-Lihotzky in 1926. Courtesy MoMA hide caption

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