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If You Give A Mouse A Diorama: Steve Carell (right) stars as Barry, an amateur taxidermist who's invited to a strange dinner party by Tim (Paul Rudd), a hedge fund manager on the make. Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount hide caption

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Medical professionals need to build a system that focuses on how to help patients achieve what's most important to them at the end of their lives, says Dr. Atul Gawande. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Members of the evangelical Lakewood Church in Houston worship at a prayer service in 2005. More than 45,000 churches across the U.S. are represented by the National Association of Evangelicals. Jessica Kourkounis/AP hide caption

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A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines runs for cover during a gun battle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 23. Kevin Frayer/AP Photo hide caption

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According to BMI, Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most widely performed song between 1940 and 1990. Sacks and Co. hide caption

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On Mad Men, Jared Harris plays Lane Pryce, a partner in the ad agency who is left out of the loop when his bosses negotiate the sale of Sterling Cooper to a larger ad agency. AMC hide caption

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The financial legislation is named after Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd (right) and House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, seen outside the White House on May 21. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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In the early days of Hollywood, actors portrayed singers "performing" songs. Not until the Hollywood Golden Age did characters spontaneously burst into song as a way to show their feelings. Courtesy Oxford University Press hide caption

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Malaria is spread through mosquitoes that have been infiltrated by the Plasmodium parasite. Associated Press hide caption

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Paul Greenberg, pictured here with his daughter Tanya, has been fishing striped bass since childhood. He frequently writes about fish for The New York Times. Courtesy of Paul Greenberg hide caption

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Harvey Pekar, pictured here in a self-portrait, told Terry Gross in 2005: "I just tried to live on two different levels. I knew I couldn't make money at the stuff I liked doing so I took a job that was not challenging. When it was slow at work, I used to sneak off in the corner and read." Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel 2005. Art by Dean Haspiel hide caption

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Kitty, a pet lion in Floyd County, Ky., was purchased at a flea market when he was a 5-pound cub. When he was photographed in 2006, above, Kitty weighed more than 400 pounds. Zachary Cantrell/AP hide caption

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Futurama's clueless starship commander Zapp Brannigan is just one of the many cartoon characters voiced by Billy West over the years. Matt Groening/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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