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George Washington, History's Only Six-Star General ( … Sort Of)

Stacy Conradt

Thanks to a law passed in 1976, our nation's first president—who died more than 200 years ago—is still the military's highest-ranking official.

5 Gorgeous Old Pictures of Seashells

Erin McCarthy

From a new book by the American Museum of Natural History.

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Welcome All Creeds, All Breeds—to Dog Chapel

Ali Parr

They say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but man’s best friend would probably enjoy frolicking on Dog Mountain a little bit more.

10 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Postal Service

Megan Thielking

Snail mail doesn’t sound thrilling, but the United States Postal Service is anything but boring. Here are a few facts about the letter carriers in your life.

This is the Brain of the Man Who Shot James A. Garfield

Erin McCarthy

This Lizard Changes Sex Based On Temperature, and Becomes Extra Fertile

Hannah Keyser

The hotter it is, the more likely bearded dragons are to hatch female—regardless of their chromosomal compositions.

7 Women Who Rocked Currency

Jessica Bloustein Marshall

Here are a few women of (bank)note who made history.

3D-Printed Furniture Can Now Be Yours

Sonia Weiser

French startup Drawn is raising money on Kickstarter to bring its plastic printed furniture to the rest of the world.

Build a Working Computer From Thread Spools, Screws, and … Paper Clips?

Therese Oneill

This 1960s guide breaks it down.

Harry Potter's Sorting Hat is Right in Real Life, Too

Meghan Holohan

In real life, Ravenclaws really are smart, and Slytherins are as shady as we thought.

15 High-Flying Facts About 'Airplane!'

Roger Cormier

It has been 35 years since someone not named Shirley took offense at being called Shirley.

The Tour Triangle Will Change the Parisian Skyline

Sonia Weiser

Unlike New York City, where skyscrapers stand tall and cast shadows over the surrounding buildings, Paris has remained fairly tall-tower free.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

The most interesting new comics hitting comic shops, bookstores, digital, and the web.

Get Pumped for Hot Dog Season With This '60s Ad Starring a Mustard Clown

Caitlin Schneider

A 1961 commercial for French's offers a delicious hit of summer nostalgia and one very energetic clown.