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Pooping on Airplanes Could Contribute to Public Health Research

Shaunacy Ferro

Scientists are analyzing toilet waste from long-distance flights to learn about international differences in the microbiome.

21 Interesting Words From David Foster Wallace's Vocabulary List

Mia Nakaji Monnier

He was always on the lookout for new words, which he kept in a growing file on his computer.

8 Calculator Watch Facts to Nerd Out Over

Mangesh Hattikudur

Once upon a time, a calculator watch cost more a year at Harvard.

Missing Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years

Caitlin Schneider

Roman Totenberg told his daughters that the loss of the beloved instrument was like losing an arm.

Venomous Frogs Have Poison Spikes on Their Faces

Shaunacy Ferro

They’re the first frogs discovered to be venomous, not poisonous.

18 Most Relevant Words (By Candidate) from the GOP Debates

Arika Okrent

Text analysis reveals the most relevant words for each candidate from the GOP debates

What’s The Right Way To Make A Bloody Mary?

Clair McLafferty

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Ritual Bath at a Kindergarten Construction Site

Jen Pinkowski

The 2000-year-old mikveh bath was discovered in Jerusalem during the construction of a new kindergarten.

In 1912, Chicago Had a One-Legged Murderous Clown

Shaunacy Ferro

He escaped from prison, and was never caught.

That Time Sigmund Freud Analyzed Charlie Chaplin

Anna Green

For the record, Freud didn't think it was much of a challenge.

The Missing Links: The World's Most Dangerous Roads

Colin Patrick

North Korea Turns Back Clocks and Establishes New Timezone Out of Spite

Alvin Ward

"Pyongyang time" takes effect August 15 and is a big "F You" to Japan.

Genius Contraption Forces House Cat to Hunt for Dinner

Shaunacy Ferro

Instead of pouring out kibble every day, Ben Millam hides balls that his cat has to find in order to earn food.

Pod City: The Science of Superman's Gas and More Highlights From Recent Podcasts

Whitney Matheson

Neil deGrasse Tyson sheds light on the science of superheroes and Diablo Cody sets us right about Barbies on recent must-listen-to podcast episodes.

'Nub City': Vernon, Florida's Decade-Long Insurance Scam

Brooks Hays

The town conned insurance companies out of millions in the 1950s. It only cost an arm and a leg (or dozens).

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