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How 26 Cocktails Got Their Names

Jason English

Host/bartender John Green discusses the origins of 26 famous alcoholic drinks. He even samples a few.

The Missing Links: Supreme Reactions

Colin Patrick

5 Flights of Lawn Chair Balloonists

Erik van Rheenen

Here’s a look at the few, the proud, the crazy enough to tie balloons to a lawn chair and take their relaxation skyward.

The Tiny Island Where Men Have Their Own Language

Arika Okrent

In 1837, the British cutter Lambton sailed from Sydney to Ngatik, a tiny island in Melanesia.

Wednesday is New Comics Day

Rich Barrett

5 Abandoned Stations of the London Underground System

Chris Stokel-Walker

London’s Underground subway network is celebrating its 150th year of operation this year, but as with any old institution there are a few skeletons in its closet.

11 Scenes from "Mummies of the World" in Portland

Chris Higgins

Who Invented the Little Black Dress?

Roma Panganiban

The “little black dress,” quintessential staple of any woman’s wardrobe, isn’t as timeless as most people think.

The Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits

Lucas Reilly

History tells us that Napoleon’s most upsetting defeat came at Waterloo. Or it may have occurred eight years earlier, after the French emperor was attacked by a relentless horde of rabbits.

The Late Movies: Educational Animaniacs Songs

Erica Palan

Part of the fun of '90s cartoon Animaniacs was the music. Each episode featured an original score. Some of them were just for fun, but many taught lessons.

Roadside Trivia II

New semi-regular feature!

7 Games People Played in Colonial America

Therese Oneill

The Missing Links: Updating Undertaking

Colin Patrick

4 Changes to English So Subtle We Hardly Notice They're Happening

Arika Okrent

These days, it's possible to spot subtle linguistic changes by analyzing large digital collections of text.

The Mystery of Ann Bassett and Etta Place

Miss Cellania

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