10 of Voltaire's Favorite Bon Mots for Bastille Day

Jared Spears

Celebrate Bastille Day by sprinkling a few of Voltaire's choicest bon mots into your conversations.

Why Do Some Guitarists’ Fingers Smell Like Garlic?

Nancy Dunham

Playing out of key may not be the most embarrassing thing a guitarist has to endure after all.

7 Scientific Instruments 'New Horizons' Uses to Study Pluto

David W Brown

The closest encounter in the historic flyby just happened a few minutes ago. Here are the instruments New Horizons used to capture scientific data.

Super Soakers: When the Dutch Used Floods as Weapons

Matt Soniak

See a Summer's Worth of Fireflies In Under Two Minutes

Hannah Keyser

5 Questions: It's "My" Party

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The Invention of Jaywalking

Emily Becker

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'Stranger in a Strange Land'

Michael Arbeiter

11 Ways You Can Heighten Your Appreciation of Music This Summer

While people generally know what kind of music they like—and what they don’t—it’s possible to expand your appreciation by learning new ways to listen.

This 6-Minute Cartoon Explains Why Bees Are Dying Off

Yelena Melnichenko

And what that means for the world's food supply.

See Amazing Sculptures of Everyday Objects Carved From Wood

Caitlin Schneider

Artist Randall Rosenthal carves his masterpieces using a single block of wood.

The Original LEGO Patent

Hannah Keyser

See the 1961 patent that would change playtime forever.

3 (Scientifically Proven) Ways to Learn a New Language

Foster Kamer the mag

In 2014, Penn State researchers found that adults who successfully tackled a new language strengthened their neural pathways, benefiting overall brain function and slowing deterioration.

The Lincoln Administration Turned Down a Chance to Populate the United States With Elephants

Erin Blakemore

When a new president takes office, it’s normal to get showered with diplomatic greetings, gifts, and political overtures.

A Spanish Seagull Reminds Us Why Bird's Eye View is the Best

Hayley Harding

If you want to get a great video of the Cíes Islands, try handing your GoPro off to a seagull.