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10 Great Places To Ride Powder, Parks And Pipes

Snowboarding is no longer an afterthought at most ski resorts, says three-time Olympian Kelly Clark. In fact, riders account for much of the recent growth in the winter sports industry. Still, some places try harder, offering large, carefully maintained terrain parks, pipes and powder runs. "It takes a lot of effort," says Clark, who will compete at the Winter X Games next week in Aspen, Colo. She shares some favorite places to ride with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

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20 Things You Probably Didnít Know About The Shawshank Redemption

Did you go to the cinema to watch The Shawshank Redemption, back in 1994? If so, picture that moment being the moment Andy Dufresne arrived at the fictional state lock up. He will have been tunnelling every day, from then until now, to get out. As Red tells us: "I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty." Twenty years. Now, that's commitment. Fortunately we're not expecting 20 years of commitment from you. We're barely asking for five minutes to read our tribute to, quite simply, one of the greatest movies ever made. Consider it a fact for every year Andy was inside. You owe him that much.

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A Dog's 5 Stages of Grief When You Leave the House

You know you'll be gone for only five minutes, but to dogs, five minutes is, like, forever. We guess that if your life span was only about 14 to 18 years, a mere hour might seem like forever. If we use the rudimentary equation of seven dog years for every human year, that means that every human minute is actually seven dog minutes, so yeah, one hour is like a whole workday to a dog. In those seven hours, dogs experience the five-stage grief cycle.

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10 Incredible Sea Forts

Sea forts were strategic bases usually built on small islands or shallows that lies at a significant distance from the shore. A sea fort was exactly as the name indicates - a giant fort with stone walls and housing cannons to fend off intruders. Today, the sea forts are mostly deserted, but some of them have been renovated and converted into tourist attractions. The seven towers of Red Sands were placed approximately six miles off Minster, Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary, over the period July 23rd to September 3rd 1943. The forts were designed to house various gun installations to combat the twin threats of enemy aircraft and E-boats (fast warships).

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10 Dystopian Predictions That Actually Came True

Though obviously speculative by nature, dystopian films, literature, music and other media can strike some eerily relatable chords with contemporary audiences. Some even manage to envision facets of the future that eventually grow ingrained into the present. Like Nostradamus, this phenomenon has nothing to do with any sort of supernatural or otherworldly talents ó these creators merely possess a sophisticated eye for human behavior and technology, vigilantly dissecting probabilities, possibilities and potentials based on patterns past. Obviously, not all of these predictions came to pass in the exact same manner as they were predicted. But many do share some eerie parallels to later developments.

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Top 10 Myths of Heart Health

Grab some chocolate, pop an aspirin and wash it all down with red wine. You're on your way to a heart-healthy life, right? Not so fast. According to Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, much of the information Americans use as a guide for heart health is little more than folklore. "It's appalling," he said. "And it's getting worse. These days, you can conduct an Internet search for any heart condition and get a lot of information. The problem is most of it is wrong. And a lot of the common mythology is wrong, too."

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5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search

Do you know what your rights are when a police officer asks to search you? If you're like most people I've met in my eight years working to educate the public on this topic, then you probably don't. It's a subject that a lot of people think they understand, but too often our perception of police power is distorted by fictional TV dramas, sensational media stories, silly urban myths, and the unfortunate fact that police themselves are legally allowed to lie to us.

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4 Ways Denmark Ruined The US For Me

It's been six months since I abandoned my life as an expat in Copenhagen. That year was sweet for a lot of reasons, and seems even sweeter now that itís out of my reach. Almost imperceptibly, Danish culture became a warm, comfortable space that felt like home. Some habits died as soon as America was again my cultural reference point, but other habits died harder.

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20 Best Free Windows 7 Software Platforms

You just bought a fancy new PC and you're in the market for some useful software. You do some research and make a few purchases ó and now you have to take a second mortgage on the house. Okay, so that's an exaggeration. But if you're not careful, buying software can quickly run into the thousands of dollars. What you may not realize is there are tons of trustworthy and useful replacement programs available online ó for free.

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The 50 Best Shotguns Ever Made

Established in 1814, James Purdey and Sons of London builds one grade of double, "best," which costs as much as a small house. The Purdey doesn't earn the top spot because it's expensive; it's here because it epitomizes the British game gun, which represents the Platonic ideal of a shotgun. Start with wood and steel and cut away everything that's not a gun, and you're left with a game gun. Slim, light, ergonomically perfect and fitted to the owner, it comes as close as any firearm can to becoming part of the shooter. Given $100,000 to spend on a house or a gun, I'll take living indoors every time, but I'm glad that Purdeys exist to show us what a shotgun aspires to be.

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7 Stories of People Who Refused to be Limited

Is it just me, or are there more and more global news stories about disabled people accomplishing feats that would be quite newsworthy for able-bodied people? I believe it is happening more and more, as modern attitudes about those whoíve had physical setbacks change to reflect reality. People termed ďdisabledĒ have always had the will to accomplish what others thought impossible, but now the people around them are seeing the possibilities more and more. And we canít discount the effects of instant news coverage, which both inspires others and brings us stories we would not otherwise know.

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7 Ways Republicans and Democrats are Exactly the Same

Cats vs. dogs. Coke vs. Pepsi. Democrats vs. Republicans. These are the great divisions of life. But what if one of those rivalries isnít actually much of a division at all? Donít worry, Iím not trying to reignite the cola wars of the 90s. (Besides, we all know Coke is the clear winner: Do you order a Jack and Pepsi?) No, Iím talking about Democrats and Republicansóor rather, the out-of-date and out-of-step establishments of both parties. For libertarians, saying both parties are the same is a common theme. Democrat and Republican partisans dismiss such critiques as cynical or unserious, but thereís a real case to be made if we look at the cold, hard facts.

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