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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 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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    • How Potatoes Changed the Outcome of a World War II Naval Battle

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The USS O'Bannon was a warship used by the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. The destroyer's armament was impressive by any measure – depth charges for submarines, 17 anti-aircraft guns, torpedo tubes for ships and subs alike, and five 5"/38 caliber guns for surface targets.

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    • How to Pay Yourself $2.1 Million in Taxes

    • By: Dan Lewis
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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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    • The Black Market in Scrap Metal (and How It Impacts Transportation)

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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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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    • How FedEx Gambled Its Way to Success

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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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 Swedish Coffee (and Tea) Experiment

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    For many people around the world, the day starts with a cup of coffee. This has been true for centuries, but the origins of the drink aren't quite clear.

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    • The Time Championship Scrabble Almost Led to a Strip Search

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The name Edward Martin is hardly a household one. At the pinnacle of his career – at least, the part that's relevant to this story – he competed in his hobby's world tournament three times.

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

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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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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    • Yes, You Can Get a DNA Match for the Dog Poop You Just Stepped In

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    If you're a dog owner, the first rule is – or, should be – to pick up after your dog. If you don't, bad things can happen, especially to the under soles of your neighbors' shoes – and, if they're neither observant nor careful, to their carpeting.

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    • Why It Takes So Long to Board an Airplane (and How to Fix It)

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    Air travel can be fun – but it can be maddening, too. One of the more frustrating aspects is the boarding process, during which everyone tries to stow away their carry-on bags and get their bodies into their seats, seemingly all at the same time.

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    • The History of Fondue and the Cheese Cartel That Popularized It

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Take a mix of cheeses – including gruyere, if you're going authentic – and toss it into an earthenware pot. Add in some wine and garlic if you'd like, and place the pot over some Sterno or other portable heat source.

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    • What Happens to US-Canadian Relations When Milk Prices Are out of Sync

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Let's do some math. The drive from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to Bellingham, Washington State (United States of America) is approximately 40 miles (or 60 kilometers), most of which is highway driving.

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    • Panda Diplomacy

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    On August 23, 2013, a giant panda named Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, grabbing the world's attention. Giant pandas are an endangered species, with only a few hundred living in captivity and an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 living in the wild.

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    • Why an Undertaker Reinvented How Telephones Work

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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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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    • How to Get a Good Cry in When in Japan

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    Crying, many people believe, can be cathartic – a good way to relieve stress and let other emotions out. But in many cultures, crying – especially in public – is socially frowned upon.

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    • The First Song on the Planet

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    Question: What was the first song ever played on the planet? Fair warning: the answer may surprise you.

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    • The Financial Shenanigans around Guantanamo Bay

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    On the southern shore of eastern Cuba is Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a small outcrop of land and sea controlled by the United States. The almost-rectangular 45-square-mile zone has been home to US troops since the summer of 1898, when Marines landed there during the Spanish-American War.

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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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    • The Fear of Things That Sound Like Things You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Anyway

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    If you're a professional writer, having command of homophones – two or more words with the same pronunciation but different meanings and/or spellings – is critical. Sure, the occasional error is okay, but if you write sentences like "The boy's ants new the write weigh two go," you're probably not going to keep your job for too long.

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