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Cows Have Accents ... And 1,226 Other 'Quite Interesting Facts'

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The 'Wild' Story Of Cheryl Strayed And Her Long-Lost Half-Sister

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Cow Tipping: The Myth That Just Won't Stand Up

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A civet cat eats red coffee cherries at a farm in Bondowoso, Indonesia. Civets are actually more closely related to meerkats and mongooses than to cats. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images hide caption

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Welcome To 'Night Vale' — Watch Out For The Tarantulas

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If Life Traveled From Mars To Earth On A Rock, Who Are We?

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Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World

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Finns Dominate Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship

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Quitting Your Job For Fantasy Football

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Dishwasher Cooking: Make Your Dinner While Cleaning The Plates

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Kentucky Church Allows Pooches As Parishioners

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Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have tucked slow-burning fuses into his beard and lit them on fire before plundering towns for gold and rum. Hulton Archive Circa/Getty Images hide caption

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