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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?"

"-iggy"

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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?

The Map With Only 38 States

Rob Lammle

In 1973, a geography professor suggested that the U.S. redraw its antiquated state boundaries.

The Missing Links: Before You Visit the World's Great Attractions

Colin Patrick

Watch Lightning Strikes in Real Time

Chris Higgins

14 Fantastically Fun LEGO Tattoos

Jill Harness

The Barnum of Baseball

Lucas Reilly

From 1960 to 1980, the Athletics were owned by an eccentric self-made millionaire with no shortage of big, bad, amusing ideas. Mule ride, anyone?

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