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How Effective is the Eye Black that Athletes Wear?

Will McGough

Sometimes it’s literally a glob of grease, other times it’s a synthetic sticker.

The Computer That Put Men on the Moon

Chris Higgins

Morning Cup of Links: Dancing in the Streets

Miss Cellania

15 Companies That Originally Sold Something Else

Ethan Trex

Some companies find their niche and stick to it. Others, though, have to adapt to changing markets in order to thrive.

8 Important Daguerreotype Photos

Erin McCarthy

On this date in 1839, the French government released Louis Daguerre’s photographic process to the world—for free.

The Missing Links: The Street Origins of Double Dare

Colin Patrick

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names? (and Other Hurricane FAQs)

Matt Soniak

As we creep into the peak of hurricane season, many media outlets have dispatched reporters to the Caribbean and Gulf Coast to get first-hand accounts of the action.

11 Celebrated Artists Who Didn't Quit Their Day Jobs

Clay Wirestone

They took pride in their 9 to 5 work, and most of them kept at it even as they wrote and painted and otherwise created the masterpieces we know today.

Strange States: Alabama

Rob Lammle

The Strange States series will take you on a virtual tour of America to uncover the unusual people, places, things, and events that make this country such a unique place to call home.

How to Ride a Horse Bareback

People have been riding horses for over 4500 years, and from the start, they’ve been doing it sans saddle. But riding bareback isn’t easy.

Blurred Lines, Indeed: 11 Artists Accused of Music Plagiarism

Stacy Conradt

Could it be true? That the summer’s biggest hit is not really a Robin Thicke original? There's controversy brewing over “Blurred Lines.”

Was Singapore’s Independence an Accident?

Matt Soniak

In 1963, Singapore declared its independence from Great Britain.

The Desert of Maine

Lucas Reilly

A miniature desert blankets 40 acres of land just a stone’s throw west of Freeport, Maine.

7 Close Calls in the Nuclear Age

Floss books

Here's a formula for fun: Arm two superpowers to the teeth with thousands of nuclear warheads. Make sure they are deeply hostile and suspicious of each other.

20 Seconds of Tetris Madness

Chris Higgins