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What To Know About Hereditary (If You’re Too Scared To See it) 

So, you’re curious about the critically-acclaimed film Hereditary, but you’re the type that would rather skim a horror movie’s Wikipedia page than subject yourself to watching it between your fingers. Well, we’ve got you covered with a totally scare-free guide to this tongue-popping nightmare parade that will leave…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Can Sound Make You Sick?

American diplomats in China are falling ill with symptoms like headaches, nausea, and hearing loss after hearing “odd sounds” in their apartment. It’s an eerily similar situation to what happened in Cuba in 2016 when 24 diplomats complained about strange sounds and nearly-identical symptoms. Is sound actually making…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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A Brief History of the Korean War

On Friday, a leader from North Korea crossed the Korean Demilitarized Zone for the first time ever to talk denuclearization and long-awaited peace. It was a truly historic moment, but it’s only the latest event in a complicated conflict that’s lasted nearly 70 years. Here’s everything you should know about the Korean…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Is This an Innocent OK Sign or a White Power Symbol?

This post is about Kanye West’s week of MAGA. Sorry. As you probably heard, Kanye is back on Twitter, this time with a bizarre and escalating series of tweets that seem to endorse weirdo conservatives and even Donald Trump. Every tweet inspires an explainer. Yesterday Kanye tweeted a picture of himself in a MAGA hat,…Read […]

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A Gun Lingo Glossary for Those Unfamiliar With Firearms

There are a lot of gun terms thrown around in the media these days, like “clip,” “casings,” and “semi-automatic.” But if you’re not familiar with firearms, many of these terms might go over your head. This glossary of common gun lingo will help clear things up so you can be an informed part of the […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Your Plane Losing an Engine

The terrifying story of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 near-crash is still fresh in flyers’ minds, but a commercial jet losing an engine isn’t usually something to be afraid of. Not only does it rarely happen, but when it does, pilots and planes are ready to handle it. Here’s what you need to know about these […]

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What Sarin, Chlorine, and Other Chemical Weapons in the News Actually Do

Last week, the United States and its allies France and the UK fired 105 missiles—most of them Tomahawks—at Syrian targets in an attempt to prevent future chemical attacks in the Syrian Civil War. But what are the alleged chemical weapons being used? And what exactly do they do to people? Here’s what you need to […]

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FTC Says You Can Repair Your Own Electronics Without Voiding Warranty

The Federal Trade Commission has sent out warning letters to six major companies that sell cars, phones, and gaming consoles, informing them that it’s illegal to void warranties when consumers try to repair their own items, or use parts not manufactured by their company. The same goes for using third-party repair…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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If You See Green Storm Clouds, Prepare for the Worst

You see those green, billowing storm clouds over there? Those are bad. Not because you’ll get whisked away to some annoying musical world—no, because those clouds mean that storm is particularly nasty and dangerous. It might even mean a tornado is approaching.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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When You Can Cancel Flights and Hotels and Still Get a Full Refund

Things don’t always go according to plan when you’re traveling, and that can be a big problem for many reasons, chief among them that changing plans usually means paying fees. Let’s keep that money in your pocket. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to canceling flights or hotel reservations.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What Are the Assault Weapon Ban Loopholes Senator Marco Rubio Was Talking About?

Last night, CNN held a town hall discussion with those affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Florida officials, and an NRA rep. In attendance was Senator Marco Rubio, who had some things to say about the recently proposed and rejected assault weapons ban. He specifically mentioned “plastic…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Real History of President’s Day

Today is President’s Day, a holiday celebrated every year on the third Monday in February. It’s a day to honor all of our great nation’s presidents, but it started out as a celebration of one president in particular. I’ll give you a hint: he chopped down his dad’s cherry tree (not really), he had wooden […]

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These Words and Phrases Have Racist Origins

The English language is constantly evolving, with new words and phrases spreading among us like an infection—we hear things, then we say those things. The problem is that we don’t always bother to wonder if we should. Because of that, the original meaning of some demeaning and hateful expressions get lost in time.…Read more… Continue […]

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What the Hell Is Obstruction of Justice?

The phrase “obstruction of justice” is being thrown around a lot these days, especially if you watch or read the news. President Trump has been accused of obstruction of justice regarding Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia, and now Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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