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How a schoolteacher helped create the first black Peanuts character

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In 1968, shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a Los Angeles schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman wrote to Charles Schulz regarding the lack of integration in Peanuts

At that time, Peanuts was already one of the most popular comic strips in America — it was also predominantly white. While the country faced widespread social tensions over civil rights, Glickman believed that the popular comic strip could help influence American attitudes on race. She also believed that…

It’s hard enough to balance a cocktail, let alone on ice skates

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St. Moritz, Switzerland hosts a multitude of winter sports, including skiing, ice skating, tobogganing and more recently snowboarding. It was and is a favorite destination of the super-rich, allegedly ranking as one of the very most expensive skiing resorts on the planet.

The skating waiters of the Grand Hotel ice rink were a popular attraction, serving tea and cocktails to the patrons and providing entertainment that was especially popular with the press

In 1932, the photographer Alfred…

Real-life Mario Kart races down Tokyo streets

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Drivers in Tokyo had to watch out for Koopa Shells and banana peels this weekend

Mario Kart fans drove go-karts based on the Nintendo video game series through the streets of one of Tokyo’s busiest districts on SundayCosplayers decked out in full Mario costumes revved their engines to the delight of bystanders

5 tips for building a small business website on Squarespace

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Small businesses need big websites.

Squarespace can help. The website-builder has become a go-to for folks looking to create their own sites, an alternative to popular services like WordPress. The professional site has a three-tiered, monthly pricing system: $8, $16 (which is the most popular) and $24.

Creating a site for your business can be complicated. But there are plenty of little ways to make the most of the site’s clear-cut…

Chill out to a cover of ‘Shake It Off’ made with kazoos and ukeleles

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You can’t go anywhere without hearing Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off”, despite the fact it was pulled from Spotify along with the rest of her catalog

But it will be OK: Popular indie rock and YouTube cover band Walk off the Earth created a stripped-down version of Swift’s popular tune using ukuleles, shakers and kazoos. Yes, kazoos

If you didn’t have the song stuck in your head yet: Enjoy.

These are your favorite parts of your favorite Kindle books

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Whether in a crowded library or a dark bedroom, few experiences feel as personal as reading a book. Books are about eye and page, about one human brain in conversation with another.

Yet the business of books is never quite about these airy virtues. And like any big business, publishing must always center on the mass: What do the most people want? What will the most people buy? What do people respond to?

Between these two, there is a strange relationship. Companies collect and analyze this…

Living With an Ocelot. In a Manhattan Apartment.

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Photographer Al Fenn Visited the Manhattan apartment home of Si and Meg Merrill. Fenn was on assignment for LIFE magazine to do a photo essay on living with an ocelot. More correctly a tree ocelot, also known as a margay, a smaller, lighter, tree-dwelling cousin of the true ocelot.

The Merrills had bought “Montezuma” – or Monte – a little over a year before as a kitten. Exotic pets, like leopards, chimpanzees, other monkey species and kangaroos, were very popular in the 1960s.

Monte’s diet…

Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Slump is a ‘Speed Bump’

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Apple’s iPad sales have fallen in the past three quarters — but CEO Tim Cook doesn’t see that as a sign that the product line is doomed

“To me, I view it as a speed bump, not a huge issue,” Cook said during a fiscal 2014 fourth-quarter call with analysts on Monday

Cook pointed out that if you compare fiscal 2014 iPad sales with those from fiscal 2013, sales are only down 4%. “That said, we want to grow,” Cook said. “We don’t like negative numbers on these things.”

5 Can’t-Miss Apps: ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon,’ Alien Blue and More

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With Google unveiling the latest updates to its Nexus line— the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet— and Apple revealing two new iPads and new Macs, you may have missed some of the week’s best new apps

Luckily, each weekend, Mashable rounds up our favorite new and updated apps so you won’t miss out.

This week’s list includes a mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon making its Android debut, a popular Reddit client becoming the new…

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2014 on Amazon

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2014′s most popular costumes include an evil Disney queen, a good Disney queen, a banana and a tuxedo-donning dog.

According to data provided by Amazon, these costumes prove that the big trends of the year crossed demographics: both women and men favor superheroes, and Disney box office successes are beloved across ages.

Once you check out the most popular costumes on Pinterest and Google, take a look at the list below for the costumes that…

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