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In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
President Ronald Reagan
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.
The Fox and the Lion
A fox has never seen a lion before, but he is still terrified.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
The Goose with the Golden Egg
A man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs.
The Ant and the Dove
A dove helps out an ant, and the ant stings the foot of a man when the dove is in trouble.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
In 2013, locals in the Alabama community weighed in on this difficult debate about high school football.
The Thief and His Mother
A mother praises her son for stealing, but this decision has dire consequences.