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#31 Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

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#32 10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Earth

PUBLISHED March 16, 2018

There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with their own eyes.

“We tend to think of ourselves as a weird, tiny little human being on a very large, powerful planet, and therefore clearly irrelevant to anything that might affect the planet at a planetary scale,” says former NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, who in 1984 became the first U.S. woman to walk in space. “In some ways that’s true. But if you step back and look at the planet in total, you see how richly interconnected and intertwined all the actual systems are.”


Even with all its magnificence and majesty, Earth is also just kind of strange. Aside from the fact that it’s the only planet known (so far) to support life, it has a bunch of inherent quirks, from geophysical weirdness to the landscapes adorning its surface to the organisms it supports. And the more we learn about Earth’s peculiarities, the more we grow to appreciate and treasure its many wonders—starting with the air we breathe.

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#33 Grown man Ben Carson blames his wife for the $31,000 dining room setU.S.Pennsylvania GOP Moves To Impeach Supreme Court Democrats For Gerrymandering Ruling

One of the most powerful men in government, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, is terrified of desks.

Carson disclosed his highly un-understandable anxiety in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday. The Secretary was asked to speak about the $31,000 dining set he recently tried to purchase for his office. Carson then used the opportunity to pass the buck. First, he blamed formidable desks. 

Then, he blamed his wife, who... does not serve in government.

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Here's Carson's version of events:

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