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10 things you might not know about U.S. Special Operations forces

<b>(CNN) —</b> The troops that make up U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) include some of the most elite fighters in the U.S. military across all branches, including the Army Green Berets and Navy SEALS.<p>They're perhaps best known for going after high-value targets like Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader …

Military

12 Movies That Deserve To Have Way More of a Cult Following

There are some movies that are so great, they become must-watch classics. But the most indelible cult movies are like a shadow canon, which become …

The Famous Songs That Gifted These 23 Massive Bands Their Names

Any group will tell you the most difficult part of being in a band – other than making no money, being humiliated on stage when your trumpet player …

David Bowie

David Blaine Freaks Out Bryan Cranston, Kanye West, and Will Smith’s Family With an Amazing Ice Pick Trick

On a recent episode of his series, <i>Real or Magic</i>, skilled magician David Blaine freaked out Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, Kanye West, Woody Harrelson, …

Reminder: All of These Republican Candidates Are Horrible

The clown car parks itself at the Reagan Library tonight.<p>Let's see if I have the Morning Line straight here. Tonight, in a shrine to a man who thought catsup was a vegetable, who blamed trees for air pollution, and who believed he had been there for the liberation of Buchenwald when actually he had …

Government

Everything You Need To Know About Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Comic Universe

Next month, Marvel is introducing a whole new line up of comics—and a whole new universe to go with them. Don’t know your Earth-616 from your …

Comics

A Chart of How Americans Should Spend Their Food Budget... And How They Actually Do

Dust and Grooves: fantastic photo book about vinyl record collectors

“Contrary to what conventional wisdom would have you believe…record collecting isn’t about music. Not entirely, anyway,” says music writer Jeff …

Vinyl Records

Watch Vintage Star Wars Public Service Announcements

After <i>Star Wars</i> became a box office hit, various U.S. government agencies made Public Service Announcements for TV. They're dreadful, but if you're a</i> …

Star Wars

How All 32 NFL Teams Got Their Names

What do newspaper headline type and the New Deal have to do with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles? Here are the stories behind the …

Q-Tip Interviews D’Angelo + Chops It Up With Large Professor & Pete Rock On Beats 1

Amidst the over-saturated world of online radio shows, <b>Q-Tip</b>‘s “Abstract Radio” program on Apple’s <b>Beats 1</b> is an absolutely essential listen. And his …

Rap & Hip-Hop

15 Epic Facts About Gladiator

<i>Gladiator</i>—Ridley Scott's historical epic that won the Oscar for Best Picture—told the story of the fictitious Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius …

Pop Culture

13 DIY Facts About Home Depot

Walk into any Home Depot store in the world and you’ll be confronted with a cavernous, sprawling inventory of virtually anything you’d need to make …

Home Depot

10 Secrets of the White House Calligraphers

In 2013, pundits criticized the Obama administration for spending nearly $280,000 a year on three White House calligraphers. Here’s what you need to …

Typography

15 Infamous Facts About ¡Three Amigos!

Directed by John Landis with a script by Steve Martin, Randy Newman, and Lorne Michaels, the film follows a goofy group of silent movie cowboys who …

14 Uplifting Facts About Victoria's Secret

You’ve been bombarded by their ads, DVR’ed the annual fashion show (but just so you could watch Taylor!), and— whether for yourself or someone …

Fashion Shows

A Dozen Dairy-Filled Facts About Culver’s

Wisconsin’s well-known chain features buttery cheeseburgers and smooth custard with enough variety to make dairy lovers swoon. But there’s more to …

Puerto Rico

The one thing the Star Wars prequel trilogy did very, very right

The symmetry of scenes in the Star Wars movies<p>The contrasts between the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy and its prequels were stark. Where <i>Episodes IV</i> to <i>VI</i> were told economically, the prequels felt bloated. Where the originals used practical effects, puppets, and people to build its galaxy, the prequels …

Star Wars

Word up: The secret story of Scrabble

Obama and the British Royal Family play it, and its fans are some of the world’s most devoted. So why did the word game almost fail to take off? Hephzibah Anderson has the answer.<p>Fancy a game of Lexiko? Or how about Alph? Appropriately enough for a word game, it was only when Scrabble acquired the …

Board Games

The Grossest Places on an Airplane

Think twice before you nibble on that cracker that fell on your tray table.<p>Whether you’re a frequent flyer or a once-a-year traveler, chances are you’ve been grossed out on an airplane a time or two. It’s pretty nasty to find someone’s curdling coffee or half-eaten bagel in the seat pocket in front …

New trailers: Marvel's Jessica Jones, Suffragette, American Horror Story, and more

It's Friday! Unless you're reading this in the future, in which case I have like a 6 in 7 chance of being wrong. Anyway, as a human on this Earth you probably enjoy killing time by watching cool new movies and TV shows, and it just so happens that many, many, many of those are released each year. …

Entertainment

Tobey Maguire moves through chess king Bobby Fischer's checkered life in 'Pawn Sacrifice'

The story of chess champion Bobby Fischer was always ripe for a Hollywood adaptation, rich in Cold War paranoia, FBI surveillance, media celebrity and mad genius. It's the sort of "Beautiful Mind" narrative that can make for juicy awards bait.<p>Yet Hollywood ignored Fischer for 43 years. And for good …

Fox’s X-Files revival will premiere at New York Comic-Con next month

It’s been a little quiet on the <i>X-Files</i> front since set photos of the upcoming six-episode revival series surfaced, featuring a composed Special Agent …

Our film staff discusses M. Night Shyamalan’s return to form, The Visit

<i>The A.V. Club</i> has already hailed M. Night Shyamalan’s <i>The Visit</i>as a creative comeback, so what better to discuss in this week’s Film Club than exactly …

Animator Hayao Miyazaki is Opening a Theme Park

Animator Hayao Miyazaki is Opening a Theme Park<p>via magazine.good.is<p>After wrapping up a hallmark career in animation back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki vowed to never produce animated films again—much to the disdain of his devoted fans. Thankfully, his imagination hasn’t slowed down, and while we won’t be …

Coco Chanel

The Minimalist Wallet that Holds Everything

This modern man’s wallet takes inspiration from the sports-industry’s standard for durable, long-lasting products and merges it with a technical form …

Urbanoasis Product Design by Andrea Mangone

I really enjoy seeing projects that bring nature closer to us at some level. Kids these days are all about smartphones, gaming and indoor fun, and …

UX Design

Outrenoir Scented Candle

14 crazy proposals that could transform the future of transport

A proposal to transform London Underground's Circle Line into a 17-mile-long moving walkway quickly became one of this week's most-discussed stories. …