1. Imagine you wake up one morning and can't read. Your eyes work, but the letters on the page have turned into squiggles. They make no sense. Now meet Howard Engel, a writer of detective stories, who has this condition, but amazingly, has found a way to trick his brain to almost read again.

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  2. The phrase raining cats and dogs isn't quite right when you talk about hurricanes. This hurricane season, we throw an average one onto a cloud scientist's scale to see just how much water these monster weather machines carry through the sky. NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd explain how much a hurricane weighs.

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  3. Have an extra pumpkin lying around? Put it to good use -- to take photographs.

    Read the story here: npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/20t10/10/28/130896843/pumpkincam

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  4. In China, the vast following of Mazu -- a folk goddess of the sea -- illustrates the remarkable rebirth of a local religion. But far from mistrusting the worshipers of Mazu, China's Communist party is encouraging them.

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  5. Back in 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb, creating what might be the greatest fireworks spectacular ever. People in Hawaii gathered on rooftops, sipping drinks, as they watched a radioactive rainbow display in the night sky.

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