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Why Does Carbonation Make Drinks Taste Good?

Clair McLafferty

25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About George Washington

Arthur Holland Michel

Facts about our first president.

17 Essential Talking Points on the Kentucky Derby

Ethan Trex

In advance of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, here's our three-minute guide to the most exciting two minutes in sports.

The Missing Links: The Story of Sushi

Colin Patrick

11 Things We Learned About 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Erin McCarthy

Spidey is back in theaters today. We found out a little about the movie from the director, stars, and producers.

The Evolution of the Death Penalty

Jason English

From hanging to firing squads, lethal gas to lethal injection.

Grave Sightings: Vachel Lindsay

Stacy Conradt

After realizing that there are a lot of taphophiles (cemetery and/or tombstone enthusiasts) out there, I’m finally putting my archive of interesting tombstones to good use.

45 Weird and Wonderful Illustrations of Sea Life From 1868

Adrienne Crezo

We’ve always been a little mystified about what’s happening in the oceans, where weird creatures are the rule rather than the exception.

21 Things You Might Not Know About 'Blue Velvet'

Meredith Danko

A few facts about David Lynch's 1986 mystery thriller.

Morning Cup of Links: Valentine Gift Ideas

Miss Cellania

The Complicated Chinese Family Tree

Arika Okrent

Morning Cup of Links: Everyone Say "Awww!"

7 Home Improvements You Can Make in Less Than 10 Minutes

5 Questions: Laura

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WWI Centennial: French Finalize War Plan with Fatal Flaws

Erik Sass

We're covering the events that led to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened.