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40 Chillingly Beautiful Abandoned Photographs

Looking at abandoned photographs, we are reminded of how quickly paint cracks and peels, and we, too, grow old and fade away. To view an abandoned space is to acknowledge the existential emptiness that defines us and yet drives us to fill it with the company of others, a good book, and a handful of living, breathing memories. In this series of abandoned photographs, time is presented as the ultimate source of authority: it weathers trains, sinks stadiums, and causes castles to crumble. The pictorial message is chilling yet also somewhat liberating; here are 40 of the most evocative abandoned photographs.

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9 Most Crystal Clear Waters on Earth

We’ve deemed you, our beloved readers, worthy of a list of the most beautiful, crystal clear waters in the world. Some are lakes, some are oceans, and all are natural. We wouldn’t be so over-the-top to claim this is a list of places to visit before you die, but we would heartily recommend you make a trip to a few while you’re still alive.

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Buff Bods Over 40: 7 Actors With Ripped Physiques

From Matt Damon to Hugh Jackman, these stars earn praise for their, ahem, bodies of work. The actor first stepped into James Bond's shoes in 2006's Casino Royale (pictured). He has since gone on to play agent 007 twice more, in 2008's Quantum of Solace and 2012's Skyfall.

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10 Best Bowls of Pho in Metro Phoenix

A Vietnamese dish incorporating Chinese flavors and French style, pho is a beef broth soup of rice noodles, vegetables, and meat. Typically accompanied by garnishes, sides, and sauces, this meal is an interactive experience in which you, the eater, choose your own destiny of taste. You could do a bit more hoisin sauce for a sweet and savory soup, or a dash of sriracha on top of those bean sprouts, or even just plain and simple with a light squeeze of a lime. A derivative of the French pot-au-feu, or classic beef stew, the Vietnamese have made this soup their own, as is expressed in the many restaurants offering these hefty bowls around the Valley.

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10 Most Affordable Cities For Homebuying

Looking to buy a home? These housing markets offer the best combination of low prices and competitive wages, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. About 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, Ogden is the most affordable metro area to buy a home in the U.S. This is the first time Ogden tops the Housing Opportunity Index. The city offers an enviable combo: Incomes are 10% higher than the national median, while home prices are about 14% lower.

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Top 10 People Who Vanished in Airplanes

On September 29, 2008, a hiker found Steve Fossett’s identification cards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in California, and the crash site was discovered a few days later, 65 miles due south from Flying M Ranch, where he took off. On November 3, 2008, tests conducted on two bones recovered from the site of the crash produced a match to Fossett’s DNA. He had been found. Had Fossett not been found he would certainly have made this list. It is hard to believe that something as big as an airplane can simply vanish, leaving behind no traces of where it went down. Yet, even over land, airplanes go missing and are never discovered. Or only discovered decades later. Here are ten tales of people who took off in airplanes and vanished, never to be seen again.

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10 Weird Ways to Use Facebook

Facebook, the world's largest social network devised by a bunch of geeks in a Princeton dorm room, blurs all dimensions of a person's life in a running news feed. Facebook blends a user's family, friends, and work relationships from the past, present, and perhaps future into a dizzy and sometimes complicated electronic atmosphere. As a bonus, all of the socializing is balanced by a backdrop of hundreds of applications and games designed to allow users to peer into the minds of others, have something to do when their bored, and compare results with their friends.

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Generally, when one kid in a family gets into show business, other kin are often soon to follow. I think there are many reasons for this. One, brothers and sisters are naturally competetive. That is not a bad thing by any stretch. But it does exist between siblings. Second, once someone is famous, it can naturally open doors for their siblings that would have otherwise remained shut. But I bet there are a bunch of famous celebrities you didn’t even know were related. Not even just brothers and sisters, but cousins and uncles, too.


10 Inexplicable Crimes and Disappearances

At various times, and from various parts of the world, there have been convincing reports of crimes and of assaults on people – and sometimes on animals – for which there is no generally acceptable solution. The cases described in the following list are in no particular order, as they are all just as intriguing and incredulous as each other. Many of these have no definable perpetrators, but these are all crimes that have been carried out in the most curious and perplexing of circumstances that truly defy all sense of logic and meaning.

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Family Guy's 10 Best Side Characters

It could be argued that the people that make life interesting are the bit players - the folks who show up a couple of times a year, running around all naked and deaf, looking like anachronistic strong men, singing about steak and egg breakfasts, granting us a pardon from our own untimely death. They're the ones that keep it tolerable. The people we see every day... well, they just get annoying, don't they?

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