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Great Ads for Cat Adoption During Adopt-A-Cat Month

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14 Flight Attendant Slang Terms Explained

Are the flight attendants talking about you? Know your airline industry lingo.

8 Pieces of Advice From the Middle Ages

Emma del Valle

Some of these ideas kind of make sense, some are timeless, and some are exactly the kind of thing that we make fun of the Middle Ages for.

The Long and Difficult Publication History of James Joyce’s Dubliners

Sean Hutchinson

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of author James Joyce’s Dubliners, a collection of short stories depicting the everyday trials and tribulations of the residents of his hometo

The Strangest Soccer Match Ever Played

Dan Lewis

For some inexplicable reason, Shell Caribbean Cup organizers decided that extra time goals would be worth two goals in 1994.

Brain Game: From the Edge

Sandy Wood

Chuck Jones Draws Bugs Bunny

Chris Higgins

Why Did the Nazis Hijack the Swastika?

Matt Soniak

Reader Scott from Vermont wrote to ask, “Why did the Nazis adopt the ancient sacred symbol of the swastika as their emblem?”

Behind the Scenes at the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian

Hannah Keyser

The whole race only took about about 20 seconds. And that was for the camels.

John Green on The Colbert Report

Jason English

"Are you a cult leader?"


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21 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!

Kara Kovalchik

Even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?

Behold: 10 Exceptionally Tiny Animal Figurines

Rebecca OConnell

I don’t know about you, but I love tiny versions of normal sized things: miniature dogs, mini cupcakes, tiny hats, Little Sebastian, free sample spoons at ice cream shops, everything.

13 Fascinating Word Origin Stories (That Are Completely Untrue)

Paul Anthony Jones

Thirteen of these etymological tall-tales, taken from word origins guide Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons, are explained and debunked here.

10 More Obscure References in Classic Rock Songs—Explained!

Kara Kovalchik

We hear some songs so often on the radio that we automatically sing along with them, but how much of what we’re singing do we really understand?