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Null Island: The Busiest Place That Doesn't Exist

Chris Higgins

It exists because of the difference between nothing (as in zero) and nothing (as in no data).

New Floating Hotel Lets You Experience Paris Like Never Before

Caitlin Schneider

The OFF Paris Seine hotel is part of a wider effort to reconnect the city with the waterway.

Darwin’s Obsession With Barnacle Penises Makes a Lot of Sense Now

Kate Horowitz

The crustaceans’ extraordinary genitals can get longer, thicker, change shape, and even fall off and regenerate in order to suit their environment.

This Weekend's Can't-Miss Amazon Deals

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, July 30.

This Gorgeous “Leather” Bag is Actually Made from Pineapples

Miriam Porter

You already knew that pineapples tasted delicious, but did you know that they could make a great purse?

Penguin Books Debuted On This Date in 1935

Chris Higgins

The first colors were orange (general fiction), green (crime), and dark blue (biography).

What's the 'Most Metal' Word?

Bess Lovejoy

Hint: It's not 'secretary.'

T. Rex Chatbot Answers All of Your Pressing Dino Questions

Andrew LaSane

Tina the T.rex can tell children all about her size, diet, and where she lived millions of years ago.

WWI Centennial: Russians Resume Brusilov Offensive

Erik Sass

Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 245th installment in the series.

Show & Tell: Chinese Snuff Bottles From the End of an Era

Stassa Edwards

In the Chinese court, it was customary to use snuff bottles, small corked containers that kept the pricey contents fresh and flavorful.

This Brief Tutorial Helps You Hone Your Handshake Skills

Kirstin Fawcett

Good impressions sometimes start small.

9 Surprising Movies ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Director Edgar Wright Loves

Rudie Obias

The director recently compiled a list of his 1000 favorite films—'Throw Momma from the Train' included.

Here’s How You Can Prevent Motion Sickness

Anna Green

There are plenty of easy strategies for combating most forms of motion sickness.

5 Beguiling Facts About Burmese Cats

Kirstin Fawcett

Get to know the kitty from Burma, today known as Myanmar.