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5 Animals With Eerily Human Skills

5 Animals With Eerily Human Skills

It’s all fun and games when an animal learns to ride a unicycle or puts on people clothes, but there’s a fine line between “adorable” and “creepy,” one that gets crossed when our furry friends get too smart. For instance, monkeys wearing bow ties are always welcome, but as soon as they’re hunting with spears and cooking hamburgers, we start worrying about how difficult it will be to learn their language once they take over the world.

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5 Modern Events That Aren’t New At All

5 Modern Events That Aren’t New At All

For all the bemoaning your grandparents do about the end of the “good old days,” you’d assume that the world has pretty much gone to shit over the course of a single generation. Well, you can rest assured that many of the “modern” problems we deal with today were around in Grandpa’s time, too — he just didn’t notice because he was too busy doing the Charleston while shooting Nazis and banging his poodle-skirted girlfriend. We don’t have a … super firm grip on timelines around these parts.

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5 Stupid Backstories for Country Names

5 Stupid Backstories for Country Names

When you think about country names … OK, let’s be honest: You don’t think about country names. You just assume that any given place got its name because [insert boring-ass reason you slept through in high school history class here]. But it turns out that maybe you should’ve chosen to sleep off the previous night’s bender in math class instead, because some of the origins behind said names are downright ridiculous.

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