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Why Marvel Studios Succeeds (And How It Will Fail If It Doesn’t Diversify)

Guardians Of The Galaxy just enjoyed a very successful weekend at movie theaters, taking home around $94m, far in excess of expectations. The movie also stands at 92% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, joining all previous Marvel Studios movies in receiving predominantly favorable notices.

Marvel Studios is doing very well. In six years and ten movies, it has avoided both critical and commercial disasters, and frustrated naysayers who hailed the demise of the superhero movie at every step. Marvel's rivals at Fox, Sony Columbia, and Warner Bros, have enjoyed commercial success as well -- but not with the acclaim, consistency, or proliferation of Marvel. So how does Marvel do it, and can they keep doing it?

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Enquiring Minds: Earworms [SURVEY]

Can't get an annoying song out of your head? Researchers at the University of London discovered potential "cures" for what they refer to as involuntary musical imagery, otherwise known as earworms.

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Enquiring Minds: Ice Cream [SURVEY]

Eating ice cream is enjoyable.  Want to make it more fun? How about licking ice cream that changes colors?

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Enquiring Minds: Missouri State Fair Concerts [SURVEY]

We're finally ready for another Missouri State Fair coming up this week.  Along with all the usual madness and fun, comes a lot of great music.

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Holidays Losing Their Luster?

We just announced Wynona will set out on her Simpler Christmas Tour starting December 3rd.  Jokingly, I mentioned this morning to Kyle Herrick of Bryant Motors, that the Christmas decorations are probably displayed at some of the larger stores

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Behka’s Enquiring Minds Recap: Week of July 28 [OPINION]

Here's a look at some of your answers on this week's round of Enquiring Minds. 

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Ahhh…the good ol’ days!!!

Remember the good ol' days?  Many of us recall when gas prices were a lot less than what we are seeing these days when we pull up to the pump.  You've heard stories about how low they used to be.  1919-Gas was 25 cents a gallon

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Enquiring Minds: Eating Your Veggies [SURVEY]

Why won’t kids eat their vegetables? Other than “What happens when we die?,” it’s the question that has frustrated mankind more than any other.

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Spam…The kind you eat!

Spam.  We're talking about the canned product, not the email you receive that ultimately goes into the trash.  The product was named in a 1937 contest and the finalist won a $100 prize.  Hormel, the company that produces Spam, claims that the meaning of the name "is known by only a small circle of former Hormel Foods executives", but popular beliefs are that the name is an abbreviation of "spiced ham" or "shoulders of pork and ham"

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Enquiring Minds: Your Biopic [SURVEY]

Sometimes in my younger days, my friends from college and I would sit on the porch and talk the evening away.  You'd often get into some interesting topics that required a bit of imagination. 

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