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16 Characters From Other Languages That Make Great Emoticons

Arika Okrent

There’s an art to creating emoticons from simple characters. Here are 16 characters you can borrow from the writing systems of other languages to up your emoticon game.

How Can a Butterfly, Weighing No More Than a Feather, Fly Into the Wind?

Nick Greene

18 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May

Hannah Keyser

There are plenty of reasons to party this month!

Morning Cup of Links: The Most Philadelphia Sentence

Hannah Keyser

5 Questions: "Spoon" Fed

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The Time Mister Rogers Saved Public Television

Mangesh Hattikudur

When the government wanted to cut Public Television funds in 1969, Mister Rogers went to Washington.

The Many Meanings of May Day

David Clark

What is May Day? It means many things to many people, from pagans to factory workers to troubled boaters.

Celebrate Broadcast Television's 75th Birthday by Watching Its First Program

Nick Greene

On April 30, 1939, the first-ever regularly scheduled television broadcast began with scenes from the just-opened New York World's Fair.

Does Eating Yeast Before a Night Out Mitigate Drunkenness?

Hannah Keyser

Food scientists are skeptical.

The Missing Links: Should We Ban 'Hop on Pop'?

Colin Patrick

Live, Streaming Penguins!

Chris Higgins

15 Retronyms for When You’re Talking Old School

Judith B Herman

A "retronym" is a term specifying the original meaning of word after a newer meaning has overtaken it.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

6 well-known novelists collaborate with artists to create new comics for The Guardian & more...

The Orange Cave Crocodiles of Gabon

Matt Soniak

In 2010, a group of scientists went on an expedition into the Abanda caves in the rainforest of Gabon.

32 Car Name Origins

Jason English

Fresh off being named one of the 100 Most Influential People, John Green sat down to discuss the meanings of many car brand and model names.