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Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you might not know about the toy of the century.


The 20 Biggest Military Wastes of Money

The staggering amount of money available to the US Armed Forces has resulted in wasteful military spending on a grand scale and some of the worst military spending in history. As technology changes and improves, new designs in tanks, planes, weapons, and vehicles have to be developed - all of which cost huge amounts. But the military is plagued by bureaucratic inefficiency, redundancy, procurement issues, changing priorities, and a process that simply takes too long.

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10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Toronto

Ah, Toronto - the place to climb the CN Tower, and perhaps film a movie? With its cheaper production rates, Toronto has been quite the tourist, ahem, director attraction to shoot the next Hollywood Blockbuster. In fact, it's been that way for a while. Check out 10 of the many hits that were shot in Toronto: past and present.

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8 Mega Homes From the Top Three Zip Codes

There were more than 200 sales in the top 15 ZIP codes for homes priced at $10 million or more in 2012, and the mega-home market shows no signs of slowing. The homes shown here—with prices ranging from $12 million to $75 million—illustrate the offerings in and around the towns with the largest number of listings: Malibu and Beverly Hills in California, followed by Aspen, Colo.

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The 22 Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

Quite appropriately, trailers for the film have highlighted the urban destruction porn angle. It makes sense. The disaster movie is one of cinema’s oldest genres: There were films about Pompeii and burning buildings in the very early days of movies. Maybe that’s because film is the one art form that can do proper justice to this sort of spectacle: You can’t re-create it onstage, and who wants to read about a disaster when they can see it?

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Top 10 Cities to Live in Florida

Florida is already a popular destination for snowbirds and vacationing tourists, but the state itself is a great place to live for a number of other reasons. In addition to the obvious benefits to living in Florida, there are a number of cities within the state that are known for being great places to reside.

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11 Other Uses for Toothpaste

Besides keeping your teeth sparkly, toothpaste offers a wide range of cleaning, cosmetic—even healing abilities around the house. Just be sure to use the white pasty stuff, not gel. And for any of these tips that call for an actual toothbrush, just consider that tool off-limits for the mouth from here on out.

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Top 10 Myths About the Brain

The brain is one of the most amazing organs in the human body. It controls our central nervous system, keeping us walking, talking, breathing and thinking. The brain is also incredibly complex, comprising around 100 billion neurons. There's so much going on with the brain that there are several different fields of medicine and science devoted to treating and studying it, including neurology, which treats physical disorders of the brain; psychology, which includes the study of behavior and mental processes; and psychiatry, which treats mental illnesses and disorders. Some aspects of each tend to overlap, and other fields cross into study of the brain as well.

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The 6 Most Unforgettable Betrayals in History

March 15th, better known as the Ides of March, marked the first half of the first month of the year in the Roman Calendar. In 44 BC, it also marked one of history’s most notorious betrayals and brutal political assassinations: that of Julius Caesar by his friend, Brutus. In the spirit of betrayal, we’re looking at a few more shocking betrayals from history in celebration of the Ides: starting, of course, with Brutus and Caesar.

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The World’s 5 Weirdest Animal Races

Strikingly odd or unusual sporting event with the use of animals are practiced in different parts of the world. It has its own tradition where in a particular region it has gained momentum. It is a matter of fun and joy among the kids and adult who have a great time in applaud and encouragement.

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10 Famous Actors Who Starred in Full Motion Videogames

Ah, Full Motion Video: its name falls like a soothing rain. While the brief craze of putting actual video footage in computer games did result in some undeniable classics (7th Guest, Myst, the Journeyman Project for example), it unfortunately also resulted in a lot of forgettable/awful shit titles, some of them barely qualifying as "games". This isn't the amazing thing: what's amazing is the amount of well-known actors that made appearances on our computer monitors during this krezzy time in videogame history. In some cases, you'd think they would have found better uses for their talent, but if I were them I'd just be glad I made it out of the battlefield of the '90s in one piece. The biggest success of this era in terms of good games that managed to net big stars without sacrificing their gaminess was obviously the Wing Commander franchise and its spinoffs, which will get considerable attention here. But there are other cases where established actors -- sometimes very established -- threw themselves in front of a green screen for, shall we say, slightly less noble enterprises. I doubt most if any of the actors on this list ever actually sat down and played through these games, but some of them deserve a real pat on the back if they did.

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The 5 Deadliest Guns of Modern War

Modern warfare has seen breathtaking advances in the last hundred years, as mortal competition between nations spawns successively deadlier weapons. Aircraft, missiles, tanks, submarines and other inventions—many of which did not exist in practical terms in 1914—have quickly earned key positions in the militaries of the world. Yet there is still one invention that, although conceived more than five hundred years ago, still has a vital place on today’s battlefield: the infantry weapon and supporting arms. No matter how high tech the armed forces of the world have become, warfare since the end of the Second World War has consistently involved some form of infantry combat.

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