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Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. Here's what you can and can't see in the iconic photo Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. Here's what you can and can't see in the iconic photo
You know the photo: Buzz Aldrin, standing on the moon and saluting the American flag. Zoom in. What's really in the image? Why is the flag waving? Where are the stars? And how did those shadows get there? To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, USA TODAY spoke with experts at NASA and reviewed its archives to explain the most notable details in the famed photo. Spoiler ...
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The 5 best early Prime Day deals you can get this Thursday The 5 best early Prime Day deals you can get this Thursday
In case you didn't know, Amazon Prime Day is just FOUR days away. This shopping extravaganza is one of the best time to save on all the products on your wishlist, especially if you're on the hunt for Amazon devices like Echoes, Kindles, and Fire TVs. Are you as excited as I am? I hope so. But, fun fact: You don't actually have to wait for Prime Day to start saving. There are already so many pr...
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Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states
Alabama Goodwater: A Texas longhorn in this town has set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for longest horns, with a span wider than the Statue of Liberty’s face. News outlets cite Guinness World Records as announcing last week that Poncho Via’s horns measured just over 10 feet, 7 inches as of last month, beating all previous records. The 7-year-old steer belongs to a family in Go...
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The dollar sign is among the world’s most potent symbols, emblematic of far more than US currency. The dollar sign is among the world’s most potent symbols, emblematic of far more than US currency.
It’s shorthand for the American dream and all the consumerism and commodification that comes with it, signifying at once sunny aspiration, splashy greed and rampant capitalism. It’s been co-opted by pop culture (think Ke$ha when she first started out, or any number of fast-fashion t-shirts) and borrowed by artists (Salvador Dali fashioned a moustache from it, Andy Warhol rendered it in acrylic and...
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Justin Bieber blamed for too many tourists at Iceland canyon, forcing its closure Justin Bieber blamed for too many tourists at Iceland canyon, forcing its closure
Let's get to the good part: Iceland's Fjadrargljufur canyon is beautiful. Now, the not-so-good part: The fragile canyon, featured in Justin Bieber's 2015 "I'll Show You" video, is being loved to death. So the country is closing it. The music video, which has more than 440 million views on YouTube, was filmed in several locations around Iceland. But Fjadrargljufur, with its sheer, 328-foot-t...
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Disney confirms lots more Star Wars, Marvel and Avatar films are coming Disney confirms lots more Star Wars, Marvel and Avatar films are coming
Four Star Wars films, eight Marvel instalments, four Avatar sequels and a new Indiana Jones will be coming to cinemas over the coming years. Those movies and more have been set out in Disney's latest release schedule. We already knew Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is coming out this Christmas, but there will then be a three-year gap before the start of the next trilogy, which will follow b...
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Stratolaunch, world's largest-ever airplane, takes first flight Stratolaunch, world's largest-ever airplane, takes first flight
Stratolaunch, the largest plane ever built, took its first flight Saturday out of California's Mojave Air & Space Port, spokesperson Andrea Courtney confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY. "Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet," the statement read. "As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated ...
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The 'scary' dancer who made Marilyn sparkle The 'scary' dancer who made Marilyn sparkle
He's been called the father of American jazz dancing. But Jack Cole was also the man who gave Marilyn Monroe her dance moves. Another Cole pupil, Chita Rivera - star of the original Broadway West Side Story - recalls him as a demanding choreographer but, more than 60 years on, says she'll never have cause for complaint. Rivera is one of the few people still to have memories of dancing with Cole...
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Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment
Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned. That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the exclusion zone. "This place is more than half of my life," says Gennady Laptev. The broad-shouldered Ukrainian scientist is smiling wistfully as we stand on the now dry ground ...
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World’s best hotels: TripAdvisor’s 2019 award winners World’s best hotels: TripAdvisor’s 2019 award winners
TripAdvisor has become one of the go-to websites for travelers to figure out where they should stay when taking a vacation. For 17 years, the travel review and booking site has analyzed millions of its readers’ comments and opinions to name the best hotels in the U.S. and in the world. For 2019, the United States leads in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for hotels, with 165 of its prop...
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