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  • True talent is easy to spot. Some call it the "it" factor, and some people are simply born with it. That could not be more true for the trio behind the metal band Unlocking the Truth. The three young men from Brooklyn, New York, 11-year-old Jarad Dawkins, 12-year-old Malcom Brickhouse, and 12-year-old Alec Atkins, are skyrocketing to fame for their savvy musical skills. Jarad and Malcom met at a birthday party when they were 4 years old, and they've been making music together ever since.

    The trio started out playing on the streets of New York City. Those street performances caught the attention of Questlove, who tweeted one of their small venue gigs, which helped boost them to stardom. They recently performed on the show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

    Talk about talent — and they can perform in front of a live audience on national television without breaking a sweat. They say they write songs about things in their lives, school and relationships they've dealt with. These young

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  • The list of things to do for an engaged couple planning their upcoming nuptials can feel overwhelming. From the venue to the flowers to the time of day and even the type of cake to be served, the choices for customizing your wedding and making it all your own are seemingly endless.

    Among the beloved elements of a wedding that couples now look forward to planning is the first dance at the reception. It used to be that a couple would choose one somewhat slow-paced or romantic song, hold each other close, and dance as the wedding guests watched. Now, some couples are taking that tradition and turning it on its head.

    Bye bye, slow music. Hello, '90s jams and choreographed routines.

    Take a look at what Dominique Morisseau and Jimmy Keys did at their wedding reception recently. As their guests watched in delight, Morisseau and Keys performed an upbeat choreographed routine of songs that span three decades. The two had their wedding reception at Detroit's Charles H. Wright's Museum of African

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  • The anthem of the summer is playing loudly somewhere. If you listen closely, you can hear it, too: "School's out for summer!" Most school-age kids are rejoicing at the thought of summer break — not having to prepare for any tests, or get up early to go to class, or figure out which perfect outfit to wear. For at least the next couple of months, it's all about leisure.

    But wait — not so fast! Before they go on that summer vacation, a lot of students attempt to pull a prank that the rest of the student body will remember them by. The teachers are usually on the receiving end of such pranks. Usually.

    One group of teachers decided to turn the prank idea on its head by playing a joke on their students. Teachers at Honiton Community College, a secondary school in the U.K., wanted to have some fun. Students in the video thought they were giving advice to incoming students; little did they know that their teachers were up to all sorts of crazy antics in the background — from dancing to kissing

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  • If you're a cat owner, you know that your cat has a personality all his own. That's part of the charm of having a cat. Admit it: You've often wondered what your furry feline is up to all day when you're not at home.

    A new BBC production is showing cat fans what goes on when humans are not around. The maker of "The Secret Life of the Cat" outfitted 50 cats with collars with high-sensitivity GPS devices and miniature "cat cams" to record their every move. Cameras captured events like 7-year-old Claude, sneaking out in the middle of the night to a neighbor's house where fellow cat Rosie lives. Claude makes his way into the house through the cat flap to steal food. He is literally a cat burglar. Claude's owner, Henrietta Mulnier, was completely unaware of his behavior. Mulnier said with a laugh, "I've always wondered why he never seemed to lose weight even when I put him on a diet."

    Apparently, Claude's clandestine thievery is a relatively common practice among domesticated cats. Alan

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  • Some people believe that spreadsheets are a necessary evil for calculating budgets, doing expense reports and organizing lists, but Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi uses spreadsheets to create works of art. The 73-year-old uses AutoShapes in Excel to design traditional-looking Japanese art that is both beautiful to look at and intricately detailed.

    Horiuchi began making his unique art using spreadsheets 10 years ago. Before retiring, he said he would see his co-workers in the office using Excel to make detailed graphs, and he thought to himself, "I could probably draw with that. Graphics software is expensive, but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers."

    For those of you who are reading this right now and looking at Horiuchi's art and thinking, "No way! How in the world could someone create that kind of ornate artwork using Excel?" you can download a file yourself and take a look at how each individual cell appears.

    People first began taking notice of Horiuchi's work in 2006 after

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