Two mourners kiss outside the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, now adorned with a banner reading "Freedom is an indestructible monument." Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Angels came in different flavors. Most were young and all were eager to please — dream women for a certain kind of man — dreamed up, of course, by another man. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Hidden Brain

Lonely Hearts

When the perfect woman started writing Jesse letters, it seemed too good to be true. Because it was. This week, a story about a con, and why sometimes we prefer a lie to the truth.

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Paul and Lakeya Mazant met in 2007, during Mardi Gras, as New Orleans was reeling from the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The couple — pictured with their son Paul, 1, and daughter Logan, 5 — say they couldn't imagine falling in love with someone who hadn't experienced the storm. Walter Ray Watson/NPR hide caption

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People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. hide caption

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The happy couple. Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, who will marry again on Saturday. David Duprey/AP hide caption

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Taylor Swift in New York at Madison Square Garden in December 2009, a year in which she became very familiar with the top of the Billboard charts. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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