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The Neverending Story turns 33

Today in 1984, a boy read a magical book telling a story of a young warrior whose task was to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world. Read More
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How 'X' became the universal symbol for a kiss

The letter X has become more than just the 24th letter in our modern alphabet throughout the years.  From crossing items off a list to X marks the spot, the letter X is also used to symbolize a common human interaction, the kiss. Read More
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Han Solo's blaster

Han Solo's Blaster sells for $200,000

That's a lot of zeros!  Although Profiles in History, California-based auction house featuring Hollywood memorabilia, autographs, and historical documents, thought that it would go for $300,000 at this weekend's auction.  The battered film prop was featured in Star Wars Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  You may remember this blaster in the scene where Han Solo shoots at Darth Vader in Cloud City.  No one knows what happened to the original prop featured in A New Hope or if it even survived the filming process. Read More
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Map of Pangaea

Map of ‘Pangaea’ with Current International Borders

Pangaea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.  If you merged our current international borders with those of Pangaea, it would look something like the above image. Read More
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