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The Missing Links: Just Add Sharks

Colin Patrick

10 Other Illegal Animals on a Plane

Amanda Green

Animal smugglers have some serious baggage.

Meet the Wasp that Turns Spiders into Zombie Construction Workers

Matt Soniak

Wednesday is New Comics Day

Rich Barrett

Every Wednesday, I highlight the five most exciting comic releases of the week. The list may include comic books, graphic novels, digital comics and webcomics.

What’s the Longest Prison Sentence Ever Received?

Matt Soniak

How does Ariel Castro's prison sentence—a millennium and then some—stack up against other stints in the clink?

7 Civil War Stories You Didn't Learn in High School

Eric Johnson

Some things you might not know about the War Between the States.

Morning Cup of Links: Andrew Jackson's Presidential Shindig

The Late Movies: Best I Love Lucy Moments

Erica Palan

9 Other Times Museum Patrons Mangled Works of Art

Ethan Trex

A 55-year-old from Missouri reportedly broke the finger off a 600-year-old statue in Florence. Incidents like this are more common that you'd think.

4 Unusual Bible Translations

Chris Stokel-Walker

In addition to the Chinese, French, and Swahili versions, you can find unusual translations into other languages, from real-life tongues to fictional ones.

The Missing Links: Beware of The Grinning Fish* (*Working Title)

Colin Patrick

9 Fundraising Lessons From the World’s Weirdest Charity Stunts

Jill Harness

Most people’s fundraising experience ends at running a race for charity or selling candy for a good cause—but if you really want to go big with your efforts, you need to think outside of the box.

8 Patents for Inventions that Purport to Protect You From Sharks

Erin McCarthy

Sharks have much more to fear from us than we do from them. But that hasn't stopped inventors from dreaming up with devices that will keep people out of Jaws' jaws.

Why are “Pound” and “Ounce” Abbreviated as “lb” and “oz”?

Arika Okrent

Most of our abbreviations for units of measurements are pretty straightforward. They are made up of of letters from the words they stand for. So how do we get lb for “pound” and oz for “ounce”?

How to Pick a Lock

Whether you’re a suave spy or simply a guy who keeps forgetting his keys, lock picking is a handy skill to have.

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