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Old Buses to be Renovated and Turned Into Mobile Shelters for the Homeless

Rebecca OConnell

The Honolulu-based company Group 70 International worked with volunteer architects to create a novel way to help the homeless in Hawaii.

Check Out Early Graph Paper Sketches for 'Super Mario Bros.'

Shaunacy Ferro

Everyone’s favorite brick- and mushroom-based adventure was first drawn on paper grids.

Does This Photo Feature the Notoriously Camera-Shy Vincent van Gogh?

Shaunacy Ferro

Some say this 19th century image of six men drinking includes the rarely photographed Dutch artist.

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Count of Monte Cristo'

Michael Arbeiter

Most everyone knows the story of Edmond Dantès, the wrongfully-incarcerated hero of 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' But how familiar are you really with the classic?

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The Missing Links: Amazing Product Tester Jobs

Colin Patrick

The Author Who Wrote in Bookstore Windows

Jake Rossen

In case of narrative emergency, break glass.

How to Fix a Flat on the Moon and Other Tips From NASA’s Lunar Rover Guide

Nick Greene

11 Early 20th Century Insults We Should Bring Back

There’s nothing in the world quite like hurling a good insult, but let’s face it: Modern-day zingers are super boring. The good news is, we have years of linguistic history to draw from!

How Thousands of Women Kept The U.K.'s Timber Industry Afloat

Caitlin Schneider

During World War II, the Women's Timber Corps took over the forestry jobs of men who had joined the armed forces. The performed intense labor jobs and kept the timber industry afloat.

Artists Reveal the Bacterial Beauty of the Human Microbiome

Shaunacy Ferro

“Invisible You” explores the human microbiome in all its bacterial beauty.

New Research Finds that Kangaroos are Left-Handed

Mark Mancini

Nine out of 10 humans may favor their right hands, but—according to a paper that was recently published in Current Biology—most kangaroos have the opposite preference.

How To Tell the Future With Snails, and 14 Other Pieces of Outmoded Advice

Bess Lovejoy

The best bits of wisdom from the advice manuals published way before Google searches were a thing.

Gmail Adds Official 'Undo Send' Button

Shaunacy Ferro

After years as a beta feature, Gmail is officially allowing users to claw back emails from the digital ether.

11 Jaw-Dropping Scandals from the Turn of the Century

Debauchery, skullduggery, and other –erys were rampant in late 19th and early 20th century society. Check out 11 scandals that caused more than one decent citizen to nearly drop her hand fan.