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15 Details from the In Cold Blood Killers’ Case Files

Erin McCarthy

The Kansas Historical Society recently released Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock’s inmate case files, which shed light on their lives behind bars.

The Economics of the Loch Ness Monster

How Many Spiders Do You Really Swallow in Your Sleep?

Matt Soniak

The “you eat X number of spiders” factoid changes depending on who you ask. Some people says it’s three, others eight, and still others might say as many as several dozen.

5 Ways the KGB Kept Tabs on Hotel Guests in Estonia

Will McGough

Though the KGB denied having a presence at the Sokos Viru Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia, they actually closely monitored the activity of guests and employees. Here's how.

Morning Cup of Links: Texting on the Hood of a Speeding Car

Brian Abrams

The Faces Behind 9 Recognizable Names

Therese Oneill

These are names you’ve been wearing, eating, drinking and avoiding your whole life. Here are the faces and stories attached to them.

5 Hit Songs, Translated

Erik van Rheenen

When we start singing along to these foreign language earworms, we're probably not singing what we think we're singing.

4 Diseases Caused by a Lack of Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Arallyn Primm

Artificially added nutrients may not make a food “healthy,” but they do stave off several debilitating, and sometimes fatal, diseases of malnutrition. Here are a few of those maladies.

The Missing Links: Nothing Foul About These

Colin Patrick

Retrobituaries: Thomas Farrell, the Man Who Built the World

David W Brown

In our Retrobituaries series, we spotlight those departed whose lives are insufficiently celebrated. Here is a look at the life of Major General Thomas Farrell, who died at 75 in 1967.

13 Balloon Sculptures That Let Your Imagination Float Away

Jill Harness

It’s easy to think of balloon twisters as nothing more than children’s entertainers ready to make hats, swords and animals at a moment’s notice, but balloon art can also be incredibly complex.

Wednesday is New Comics Day

Rich Barrett

4 Shows from Norway's Crazy, Successful Slow TV Experiment

Arika Okrent

Slow TV? Don't we already watch enough TV? Perhaps, but do we really watch it?

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

Matt Soniak

Last year, we talked about whether or not Grandma is right when she tells you to bundle up when you go outside, lest you catch a cold.

5 Fail-Safe Rituals for Protecting Your Newborn

Mangesh Hattikudur

To ensure a happy and prosperous future for a newborn, parents will do the darnedest things.

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