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Morning Cup of Links: Scary Lego Monsters

Miss Cellania

A new line of Lego toys called Monster Fighters features vampires, mummies, and heroes who fight them.

What Do Snakes and Sticks Have to Do With Doctors?

Matt Soniak

If you’ve ever seen the World Health Organization or American Medical Association logo, or the “star of life” on the side of an ambulance, you might have wondered what a snake wrapped around a stick h

What Made People Think Dewey Defeated Truman?

Kathy Benjamin

Truman isn’t just gleeful in that famous photo because he won the election, but because it was egg on the face of a paper he hated, the Chicago Tribune.

Why Do Beans Make You Fart?

Matt Soniak

Baked beans image via ShutterstockBeans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. But don't blame your flatulence on the poor legumes directly.

The Late Movies: A Sushi's-Eye View

Chris Higgins

Kaiten-zushi is better known in the US as "conveyer-belt sushi" or a "sushi train." Sushi is placed on small plates, and the plates on a conveyer belt that runs around the restaur

What's Up With Those Green Potato Chips You Sometimes Find?

Matt Soniak

??Well, they're not dyed for St. Patrick’s Day. These are just from potatoes in which chlorophyll had started to form.

When Did the FBI Start Using “Wanted” Posters?

Matt Soniak

On a December night in 1919, a 23-year-old soldier named William N. Bishop managed to slip out of the stockade at Virginia’s Camp A.A. Humphreys and escape into the surrounding woods.

Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?

Stacy Conradt

LOUIS LANZANO/Landov The short answer: no.The long answer: Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function.

Why Do We Capitalize “I”?

Matt Soniak

Capital "I" image via ShutterstockSome languages capitalize several of their pronouns. Some don’t capitalize any of them.

Why Do Scientists Measure Things by Half-Life?

Matt Soniak

?Reader @Procrustes tweeted at us to ask: “Why do scientists measure things like radioactive elements in half-life?

Does Being Cold Make You More Susceptible to Getting a Cold?

Matt Soniak

Sledding image via Shutterstock“Put a jacket on if you’re going out there, or you’ll catch a cold.”It’s a common refrain of grandmothers all over the world. Are they right, though?

The Missing Links: Accelerating Ketchup

Colin Patrick

The Little Slinky That Could... Walk On A Treadmill Call me what you will, but there is something about this slinky walking on a treadmill that almost brought a tear to my eye.

How Did King Edward VIII Meet Wallis Simpson?

Kathy Benjamin

© Bettmann/CORBISIn the 1930s, how would a middle-class Baltimore divorcee become romantically involved with the man who would be King of England? It always comes down to who you know.

Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?

Matt Soniak

I know I’m only about a decade late, but I recently, finally, watched the entire run of The Sopranos.

If You Can’t Smell, Can You Taste?

Stacy Conradt

Smelling image via ShutterstockI’m perfectly suited to answer the Big Question that reader Katie posed the other day, because I have anosmia, which means I can’t smell. At all.