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It’s Bastille Day! Let’s Talk About the Incredibly Badass French National Anthem

We’re singing "The Marseillaise" and you must join us.

“The Marseillaise” is a million times cooler than “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We should be so lucky if our two countries switched anthems.

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This Book Will Change Your Life: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

"I do not know whether it will be read by all, but I wrote it for all."

On June 30, 1862, the final chapter of Victor Hugo's timeless classic Les Misérables was published. "Timeless classic" is an adage often tossed around, but in this case, it could not be more spot-on. Les Misérables remains as relevant as it was upon publication, and if you read it it will change you as a person.

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“Thanks, It Has Pockets!” Has Been With Us For Hundreds of Years

National Museums Liverpool posted a video walkthrough of how upper-class women got dressed in 18th-century Britain, and they were just as into pockets as we all are.

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Remember When The “Barbie Liberation Organization” Switched Barbie and G.I. Joe’s Voice Boxes?

In 1993, a group of artists and activists vaulted into the media spotlight after they performed "operations" on dozens of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls, switching the voice boxes and returning the dolls to stores. Girls playing with their Teen Talk Barbies found the dolls saying phrases like "Vengeance is mine" and "Eat lead, Cobra!"

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Donald Trump Says That No Politician in History Has Been Treated Worse. I Beg to Differ.

Donald Trump can maybe make that claim once Jared Kushner joins up with 60 of his frenemies to stab him to death, but not before.

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Down a Rabbit Hole in England, Mysterious Caves Await

Take me there.

This particular find gives Alice a run for her money: the underground caverns are rumored to have been used by the medieval Knights Templar, and were sealed up to keep out practitioners of "Black Magic." O RLY?

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Listen to “Bread and Roses,” the Song That Defined the Women’s Labor Movement

The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.

Labor union leader Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972) was a firebrand of organizing and advocacy within the women's movement. She originated the phrase "bread and roses" in a speech rallying women to fight for more than just the bare necessities. The phrase would go on to inspire a poem and one of the most famous songs in American history.

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Lady Macbeth Is a 19th Century Period Film About Fighting “Against the Stifling Patriarchy”

Nothing to do with the Shakespeare play... except thematically.

The title of the movie Lady Macbeth might lead you to believe it's inspired by one of the meatiest and best roles in Shakespeare's Scottish play—but actually, it tells a very different story.

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Things We Saw Today: Supergirl Joins the ‘Superhero Fight Club’ with the Cast of Arrow & The Flash

I know, I know--we're not supposed to talk about Fight Club. But this "Superhero Fight Club" video is too adorable not to share, okay? Here's Melissa Benoist's Supergirl getting willingly "kidnapped" by the other DC heroes from Arrow and The Flash, then learning about their super-secret training grounds.

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There’s a Russian Pokémon GO-Type Game That Lets You Catch Historical Figures

Tchaikovsky, I choose you!

A new app which encourages users to "catch" historical figures related to the city of Moscow is hoping to make people more engaged with the history of the city.

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Look Back on 65 Years of Technology with Kansai Electric

Kansai Electric celebrated their 65th anniversary by creating a video montage of all the different technological advances that have come and gone over the decades, since their founding in 1951.

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Another Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio Has Been Found in a Scottish Mansion

Mount Stuart, a massive Victorian mansion in Scotland's Isle of Bute, has just received confirmation that one of the books in their library is one of Shakespeare's First Folios. There are only 234 surviving copies of this tome, including this newly discovered copy.

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Mississippi Governor Just Named April “Confederate Heritage Month”

Mississippi has now joined the "elite pantheon" of states that celebrate April as Confederate Heritage Month.

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Hiker (AKA The Chosen One) Finds 1,200-Year-Old Sword in Norway

Finding swords is no way to elect a leader.

A hiker in Norway has apparently stumbled upon a 1,200 year old Viking blade while hiking across a mountain plateau. Reports of lightning and thunder and shouts of "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE" could allegedly be heard across the land, but not confirmed. I'm kidding about that last part.

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Bow Before Greatness: The Female Recipients of the 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant

No matter what your field, there are sources of inspiration among the winners of this year's MacArthur Genius Grant.

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First, Oldest Recorded Case of Fucks Given Dates Back to 1310

A not so small part of me still thinks this is a joke, because seriously, how perfect is a name like "Fuckebythenavele"?

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WTF History Presents Revolutionary War Soldier Anna Maria, AKA the American Mulan

Get your sh** together, history.

Why didn't we learn about this in school? WTF history, indeed.

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Animated Game Of Thrones Video Shows How History Is Stranger Than Dragon-Filled Fiction

The history nerds among you already know all this. This video is for the rest of us. Actually, this video is for anyone who's a fan of Game of Thrones, history, adorable animation, and TED Talks. Check out this mini-tutorial on the historical, real-world wars that inspired the crazy, bloody politics of Game of Thrones (or the title of a Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner movie).

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: 3 Cures for Green Sickness, “The Virgin’s Disease”

Which is something people legitimately used to think existed.

In the 21st century, there are a few ways we can turn green. In addition to being hit by too much gamma radiation, we can also get kind of greenish from nausea (I'm looking at you, Taco Bell waffle taco) and become “green with envy” (like how I feel when I see pictures of people who visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica).

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220-Year-Old Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams Unearthed in Boston; F*** Yeah, ‘Murrica

Idk. I'm Canadian.

One if by land, two if by sea! (Is a history thing I have heard people say.) According to IFLScience, a time capsule buried in 1795 by Paul Revere, Col. William Scollay and then-Massachusetts Governor Sam Adams has been unearthed in Boston.

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