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This grocery store packet of porcini mushrooms contained a surprise: three species of fungi never before named or described. Bryn Dentinger/Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew hide caption

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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

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A screengrab shows YouTube user DisneyCollector opening an egg surprise toy on one of her many videos. DisneyCollector's channel has more than 2 million subscribers. DisneyCollector/YouTube hide caption

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Surprise! Kids Love Unboxing Videos Too

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Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya is one of the women featured on Jason Porath's blog Rejected Princesses. Oktyabrskaya was the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award. Jason Porath hide caption

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No Tiara, No Problem: 'Rejected Princesses' Have Stories Worth Telling

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Magazine Editor Sets Out To Join The Global Family Tree

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Weekend Host Accepts Ice-Bucket Challenge

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Couple Runs A Ring Around Australia

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Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma

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Pushing A Brussels Sprout Up A Mountain — For A Cause

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Meet HitchBOT, The Robotic Hitchhiking Wonder

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