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When author Michael Capuzzo first learned of the Vidocq Society, he knew he had a story on his hands. Every month, its members an eclectic blend of forensic professionals and motivated citizens meet on the top floor of the Public Ledger Building in Philadelphia, Pa., to discuss and hopefully solve cold murder cases over a hot lunch.

The Dumbest Generation

Anyone who's ever caught a Wednesday episode of Jay Leno's Tonight Show is likely familiar with "Jay Walking". Usually about five minutes long, the bit follows the late-night guru's monologue and highlights some of the less-than-stellar minds within the greater Los Angeles area.

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The Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is known for its charming federal-style townhouses, its trendy shops and restaurants, and [caption id="attachment_14084" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Sophie LaMontagne, Elaine Kallinis, and Katherine Kallinis work together at Georgetown Cupcake. (Photos by Michele Harris)"][/caption] most recently, its cupcakes.

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In 1731, Ben Franklin opened The Library Company of Philadelphia, America s first successful lending library. Two hundred and seventy-eight [caption id="attachment_14090" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Two young women surf the Internet at their local library.

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Have you seen the television commercial for Snickers candy bars? A group of young men in their 20s are playing football with none other than 88-year-old actress Betty White. Grouchy and off her game, White takes a bite of a Snickers bar and magically transforms into a young man. Meanwhile, another player is losing steam. Guess what? He s Abe Vigoda.

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[caption id="attachment_13476" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="A family taking in the Southern California scenery by car in 1956. (Image from Family Vacation, Gibbs-Smith, 2009)"][/caption] Ah, vacation.

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For the last century, vacations have been a part of life in America. Whether ' at the beach, drink in hand, or barreling down the interstate in search of roadside attractions like the world's biggest ball of yarn, destinations symbolic of our desire for rest and relaxation dot the nation's landscape.