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    Vox

    How Sarah J. Maas became romantasy’s reigning queen

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    1. The BookTok community on TikTok, which shares videos about favorite books, is driving book sales in a shrinking market. The current favorite genre is "romantasy," a hybrid of romance-focused fantasy novels.
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    BBC

    'I Will Survive': The surprising history of the ultimate break-up song

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    1. Gloria Gaynor's 1978 disco hit, "I Will Survive," is the subject of a new documentary about her life. The song, which is synonymous with Gaynor, is known for its message of strength, empowerment and resilience.
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    BBC

    Harrison Ford's Star Wars script sells at auction

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    1. A Star Wars film script left by Harrison Ford in a west London apartment has been sold at auction for £10,795. The script was left at a property in the Notting Hill district that Ford rented in 1976 while filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
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    CNN

    Paul McCartney is reunited with stolen guitar ‘that kicked off Beatlemania’

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    1. Paul McCartney's iconic Höfner bass guitar, which was stolen in 1972, has been recovered after more than 50 years. McCartney used the guitar while recording The Beatles' first two albums and as a backup bass throughout his time with the band.
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    BBC

    More men are wearing engagement rings. The market is figuring it out

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    1. Engagement rings for men are becoming increasingly popular in Western countries, where traditionally only women receive them before getting married. This trend is driven by a desire for equality in relationships and a growing acceptance of men wearing jewelry.
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    El Pais

    Sword-swallowing, running backwards or rowing a giant pumpkin: The latest Guinness World Records

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    1. Guinness World Records receives more than 100 requests a day to attempt to break or set a record, with a specialized team evaluating each proposal. The process is rigorous, with a minimum 16-week wait for a response, and between 90% and 95% of applications are rejected.
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  7. NPR

    At the 2024 Grammys, a show full of surprises and safe bets

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    1. Taylor Swift won two awards at the 66th Grammys, including album of the year for a record fourth time, and announced the release of her next album, The Tortured Poets Department.
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    El Pais

    Black, gay and the true king of rock and roll: This is how Little Richard set the tone for popular music

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    1. Little Richard, despite being recognized by many famous musicians as a key figure in rock and roll, never achieved the same commercial success as his contemporaries. His contributions to the genre are explored in "Little Richard: I Am Everything", a documentary that was released late last year.
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    BBC

    Rubik: The man behind the puzzle that 99% can't solve

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    1. The Rubik's Cube was invented by Hungarian academic Ernő Rubik in 1975 as a teaching tool for his architecture students at the Budapest College of Applied Arts. The cube was designed to stimulate creative thinking about geometric forms and spatial relationships.
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    El Pais

    Why do we eat popcorn at the movies?

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    1. In El Pais, Maria Nicolau delves into the history of popcorn, explaining that it originated about 10,000 years ago in Mesoamerica, present-day Mexico, where corn was first domesticated.
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    BBC

    The Japanese philosophy for a no-waste world

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    1. Modern Japan boasts one of the highest GDPs in the world, but poverty and intermittent famines were harsh realities of rural villages not so long ago. Necessity being the mother of creativity, fishermen and farmers found ingenious ways to transform leftovers like peels, tough cuts of meat or sake lees into nourishing and delicious repasts.
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    AP News

    A US scientist has brewed up a storm by offering Britain advice on making tea

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    1. American scientist Michelle Francl has caused a stir by suggesting that a pinch of salt is key to a perfect cup of tea in her book "Steeped: The Chemistry of Tea".
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  13. Politico

    Heaven knows I’m miserable now! The Smiths star recoils at Trump using his song

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    1. A song by British band The Smiths, "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", was played at recent Donald Trump rallies, angering the song's co-author, guitarist Johnny Marr.
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  14. Euronews

    Close-up photographer of the year: Take a look at the winning images

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    1. The Close-up Photographer of the Year 2024 competition, which celebrates macro and micro photography, has announced its winners from nearly 12,000 entries from 67 countries.
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    BBC

    The European city where selfies are 'awkward'

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    1. In Berlin, taking selfies is seen as self-indulgent and is less common than in other cities. This is partly due to Germans' high value on privacy, with a 2017 study from the University of Hohenheim finding that German citizens rarely disclose personal information and relatively few enjoy sharing photos of themselves on social networks.
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  16. CNN

    A conductor invited refugees who’d never played instruments to join his orchestra. It changed his life

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    1. Venezuelan orchestra conductor Ron Davis Álvarez, inspired by the sight of young refugees arriving in Sweden, founded the Dream Orchestra, a music program for underprivileged youths -- particularly refugees and asylum seekers.
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  17. AP News

    From Finland, with love: Bringing ‘Fallen Leaves’ to Hollywood

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    1. The Finnish film "Fallen Leaves," directed by Aki Kaurismäki, has been selected as the best non-English-language film of the year by the National Society of Film Critics. The film's stars, Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen, have been touring America during Hollywood's awards season.
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    El Pais

    How to remedy an injustice ignored by politicians: Make a good television series

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    1. The TV series "Mr Bates vs the Post Office" has brought attention to a scandal involving the U.K. Post Office and its faulty digital accounting system, HorizonIT. The errors made by the software led to more than 1,000 post-office owners being accused of fraud and embezzlement between 1999 and 2015.
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    BBC

    Krautrock: The 1970s bands which helped post-war Germany overcome its dark history

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    1. Krautrock bands in the 70s, such as Can and Faust, lived and recorded in alternative settings like castles and communes, representing a new, alternative way of life through their actions rather than explicit political statements. Can's philosophy was socialist-like, with no hierarchy within the band, suggesting a kind of anarchy.
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    Axios

    Gen Z is fueling a jazz comeback

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    1. Every generation's youths get blamed for killing the traditions and cultural institutions of their elders But Gen Z may succeed in reviving a whole genre of music: Jazz.
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