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5 mardi gras party tips
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5 Mardi Gras Party Tips

Stuck at home for Mardi Gras this year and want to make it more special than ordering Cajun shrimp pasta at Red Lobster? Try these tips:

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Essential Mardi Gras Recipes
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Essential Mardi Gras Recipes for King Cake, Po’ Boys and More

Maybe you’re throwing a big party, or maybe Mardi Gras is just your excuse to feast on the amazing cuisine of New Orleans -- either way, you better get it right. Break out the spices and let’s get cooking!

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Australians Face Arrest For Taking 'Free Money' From ATM Machines

Australians Face Arrest For Taking ‘Free Money’ From ATM Machines

A software glitch that impacted all Commonwealth Bank ATMs in Sydney, Australia yesterday allowed customers to withdraw thousands of dollars, even if they had no more than a buck in their accounts.

News of the "free money" quickly trav

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Mardi Gras
Flickr User DoctorWho

Know Your Mardi Gras History [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers
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MLB Spring Training

The boys of summer are done hibernating: MLB spring training is in full swing, so to speak, down Florida (and Arizona) way.

CBS News Story
CBS New York

Homeless Man Finds Lost-Lost Daughter Through Twitter [VIDEO]

Daniel Morales, a New York City homeless man, got more out of 140 characters than he ever expected when an initiative called Underheard in New York supplied him with a pre-paid cell phone and access to Twitter -- he got to reunite with his estranged daughter. Underheard aims to give a (digital) voice to those often ignored by society, their website states:

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Oscar Winners
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The King’s Speech Wins Big At Oscars

There weren't a whole lot of surprises at the 83rd Academy Awards -- as expected, "The King's Speech" took the big prize as Best Picture. The film about King George VI overcoming his stutter also garnered a Best Actor statue for Colin Firth and a Best Director win for Tom Hooper.

"King"'s four statuettes tied "Inception," which also nabbed four awards in technical categories, for the most Oscars.

Oscar favorite Natalie Portman also took home the Best Actress statuette for her role in "Black Swan," and Melissa Leo and Christian Bale of "The Fighter" cleaned up in the supporting role categories.

See the full list of winners after the jump:

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The Oscars' 'Inception'-Style Opening Sequence

The Oscars’ ‘Inception’-Style Opening Sequence [VIDEO]

This year's opening sequence of the Academy Awards featured hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway trying to tap Alec Baldwin's dreams for Oscar hosting advice.

The skit featured a bunch of this year's nominees for best picture, and a surprise appearance from an iconic film of yore.  Read on to check it out.

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See How a Foley Artist Creates Movie Sound Effects

See How a Foley Artist Creates Movie Sound Effects [VIDEO]

When a Hollywood movie is shot, the microphones are only focused on picking up the dialogue. This means most of the background noise is lost, and it is up to an artist called a "Foley artist" to go back and recreate this background noise in post-production.

In this clip, Foley artist Gary Hecker, who got his start working on "The Empire Strikes Back," demonstrates the unexpected techniques a Foley artist will use to make movies sound right.

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New Dinosaur "Brontomerus" Discovered

New Dinosaur ‘Brontomerus’ Discovered

A bunch of bones that were found in Utah in the 90s have turned out to be a previously unknown dinosaur species. Scientists have named this new discovery the Brontomerus, which means "thunder thighs."

The defining characteristic of the Brontomerus is, in fact, its muscular thighs, which paleontologists believe were used to kick its rivals and predators. Read on to learn more about this prehistoric beast.

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