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Pigeons Can Distinguish Written Words From Nonsense

Anna Green

These common birds are masters of the four-letter word.

The Longest Lightning Bolt Ever Recorded Stretched 200 Miles

Michele Debczak

Zapping across the sky in 2007, the 200-mile flash over Oklahoma could be seen from Colorado.

15 Fascinating Facts About 'L.A. Law'

Roger Cormier

Even 30 years later, we still can't tell you what the The Venus Butterfly is.

'Alice in Wonderland' Edition Features Illustrations by Salvador Dalí

Rebecca OConnell

The version has long been a rarity owned almost exclusively by collectors and scholars.

Museum of Modern Art Releases Free Online Archive of Every Exhibit Since 1929

Rudie Obias

That includes over 3500 collections.

Feral Cats Are Key Contributors to the Sixth Mass Extinction

Michele Debczak

In the past 500 years, cats have played a role in the demise of 63 species.

We May Soon Do All Our Shopping on Facebook Chat

Anna Green

You never have to call 1-800-Flowers again.

10 Big Facts About Toronto’s CN Tower

Miriam Porter

Don't look down!

Most Languages Use the Same Sounds for Certain Words, Study Finds

Shaunacy Ferro

Concepts like "nose" and "tongue" share some of the same sounds no matter what language you're listening to.

Sweden Introduces a Tax Break for Repairing Goods Instead of Tossing

Shaunacy Ferro

Sweden only sends one percent of its trash to landfills, but the Swedish government is doing even more to make sure nothing gets thrown away.

First Degas Retrospective in Nearly 30 Years to Arrive in Houston

Kirstin Fawcett

"Degas: A New Vision” will showcase around 200 works created throughout the French artist's career.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea … In The Middle of Rural Yorkshire

Paul Anthony Jones

Fenella was permitted to run wild in the fields around the village, where she reportedly made friends with a local cart horse and apparently had a fondness for climbing trees to take a nap.

Water Bears’ DNA Makes Them Practically Indestructible

Kate Horowitz

A new study suggests we could someday borrow the tardigrade’s resilience to use in our own flimsy bodies.

Uncovering Thieves’ Cant, the Elizabethan Slang of the Underworld

Meg Van Huygen

This secretive jargon was deliberately designed to confuse the authorities.

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