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    • How Mr. Rogers Made Friday the 13th Less Scary

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    If you're old enough to know who Fred Rogers is, you're one of the lucky ones. Better known as Mr. Rogers of the legendary PBS children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the TV star (before his passing in 2003) was a leader of efforts to educate the mind, body and spirit of children – and in turn, he nurtured the best in adults, too.

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    • Why an Undertaker Reinvented How Telephones Work

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    When you place a telephone call, magic happens. You hit some buttons, the phone makes some noises, and then the machines take over.

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    • The Other Side of the Other Side of Midnight

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    In 1973, author Sidney Sheldon published the book The Other Side of Midnight, centering on a love triangle between an American World War II pilot, the lover he takes while stationed in France, and the woman back home whom he abandons her for after the war is over.

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    • The Watch Allegedly Preferred by Terrorists

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    With a list price of $18.95, the Casio F91-W digital watch is cheap – and selling for $10.72 on Amazon as of this writing. It's well-regarded, with well over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, nearly 90 percent of which are for four or five stars.

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    • Why Pelé Tied His Shoes Before a 1970 World Cup Match

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The name Pelé needs no introduction. Edson Arantes do Nascimento – that's his full, birth name – is widely regarded to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

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    • How to Pay Yourself $2.1 Million in Taxes

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Tax refunds are tantamount to loans to the government, repaid a few weeks or months late. But many people treat their tax refunds as a windfall—found money, to be spent on whatever extra-budgetary items they desire, much like an unexpected Christmas bonus or a winning lottery ticket. Easy come, easy go.

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    • Why Some Drug Addicts Get Their Heroin Addiction Treatments from Their Drug Dealers

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 5 mins
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    A heroin addict – we'll borrow NPR's nomenclature and call him "John" – needs help. Maybe he can't afford the price of a hit. Maybe he's unable to work because he's focused on getting high instead of getting paid.

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    • How FedEx Gambled Its Way to Success

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    More than 250,000 employees, roughly $45 billion in annual revenues, nearly 10 million packages delivered daily and fleet of more than 100,000 cars and trucks, plus another 600 or so airplanes. FedEx is, simply, a gigantic company.

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    • The Black Market in Scrap Metal (and How It Impacts Transportation)

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    At a few hundred dollars a ton, scrap metal is decently valuable – and it's most certainly a good source of extra revenue for those who run body shops, construction sites, junkyards and the like. And if you're a thief, it's also a pretty good thing to steal – not only is the demand for scrap metal rather robust (therefore making it pretty easy to find a willing buyer), but scrap metal also looks like any other metal, making tracing it back to its true owner very difficult.

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    • The Paralympics Scandal

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Every four years, the Summer Olympics captures the world's attention. And every four years, athletes with various disabilities compete in a companion event called the Summer Paralympics.

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    • The Village in Kazakhstan That Can't Stay Awake

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The village of Kalachi is located in the center of Kazakhstan – the world's largest landlocked country – toward the north. The village is home to about 600 people – many of which have been known to suddenly fall asleep, sometimes for days at a time.

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    • Where Coke and Pepsi Compete for Burps

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The Mexican state of Chiapas (officially the Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas) is located in the nation's south, bordering Guatemala and the Pacific Ocean. Among the many indigenous people of the area are the Tzotzil, who are about 300,000 strong and live primarily in a municipality known as San Juan de Chamula (known simply as Chamula).

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    • How Blind People Play Baseball

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    Baseball, like many other sports, requires good hand-eye coordination. This is especially true if you're trying to hit a pitched ball with a bat – for instance, a 75-mile-per-hour fastball (which is fast for amateurs, but comically slow if you're a Major League pitcher) reaches home plate in less than a second.

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    • Blowing Smoke

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    In the 1996 film The Birdcage, Agador (played by actor Hank Azaria) regularly provided his friend and employer, Albert (played by Nathan Lane) with "Pirin" tablets. Pirin could treat a variety of maladies – anxiety, headaches, panic attacks, hyperactivity and more.

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    • The Tree That Owns Itself

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    A large oak tree sits near the corner of South Finley Street and Dearing Street in Athens, Georgia. The tree juts out into Finley, causing a bottleneck.

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    • Why Dyeing Rhinos May Keep Them from Dying

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    The white rhinoceros is classified as "near threatened." As of 2016, there are about 20,000 such rhinos in the world.

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    • The Soccer Match That Sparked a War

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    The 1970 FIFA World Cup has a few unique claims it can make: it was the first and only time that Israel qualified for the final stage; it was also the only time that Argentina failed to qualify; and it was, to date, the only time that the qualification rounds helped spark a war.

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    • A Creative Way to Stop Your Kids from Spending Too Much Time Playing Video Games

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    World of Warcraft – better known as WoW, to many – debuted in late 2004. Just under a decade later, it was reported that players of the virtual universe had created more than 100 million accounts over the game's lifetime.

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    • The Day Fake Wrestling Became Real

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Bret "The Hitman" Hart was a wrestling icon in the late 1980s and well into the '90s. Born to a pro wrestler, Hart's DNA and training made him a natural performer in the "squared circle," to use the parlance of the industry.

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    • When Canadian Kids Protested 8 Cent Candy

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    A candy bar – let's go with the criminally underrated Sky Bar as an example – will cost you about $1 nowadays, give or take. Accounting for inflation (and even though I'm about to talk about Canada, we're going to use all US dollars here, because accounting for inflation and for currency exchange rates at the same time is basically impossible for someone without an advanced math degree), that same candy bar should have cost about 10 cents back in 1947.

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