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Matt Savener

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The Grand Canyon. The Rocky Mountains. The Great Lakes. Many of the names of our American natural wonders are ... a little on the nose.

To be fair, back in the day when people were exploring 3.8 million square miles of largely uncharted territory, literally circling the wagons to brainstorm the name of a random mountain or lake probably got old fast. “Well, they’re pretty rocky, ain’t they? Rocky Mountains — boom. Done.”

But in this vast, amazingly diverse land we call the United States, there are still lots of pretty damn strange names of natural features that might make you say, “Hm, maybe I should go to that pretty place with the funny name.”

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The Wheelchair Is 2,300 Years Old. There's Finally A Better Option.

A year ago, my friend Arash had a terrible accident that paralyzed his legs. But thanks to his hard work and some brilliant engineers, he was able to walk again. This technology could mean freedom and a completely different kind of life for people with paralysis. I can't wait until these cyborgs are walking our streets every day. Jump to 4:55 for the part that got me so excited for my friend.

Oh no! This video has been removed. But you can read about it on Al Jazeera and keep track of Arash's progress on his blog, where he chronicled one year since his accident. You can also contribute to his recovery and check out more cool stuff from Ekso Bionics.

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Before #BlackLivesMatter, A Cop Held A Young Black Man Down On A Subway Platform And Shot Him Dead

A young man headed home on New Year's Day 2009. He was detained by two cops on a train platform, and soon he was dead. This is the story of Oscar Grant.

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These Homophobic Signs Just Got Pretty Gay

Don’t start an argument if you’re not prepared to lose.

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