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Did a Cow Really Cause the Great Chicago Fire?

Matt Soniak

The Great Chicago Fire killed 300 people, left some 100,000 homeless, and destroyed $200 million worth of property. Was a cow really to blame?

Brain Game: Math Square #221

Sandy Wood

Felix Dennis (1947-2014)

On Sunday, Felix Dennis died at his home in Dorsington, England, near Stratford-upon-Avon. He was 67.

17 Joss Whedon Quotes for His 50th Birthday

Erin McCarthy

The man who brought you Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers, and so much more turns 50 today—and he's said some pretty wise words along the way.

6 Tips for Getting the Most Efficient Basement on Your Block

Morning Cup of Links: French Nightclubs by Day

Miss Cellania

Did Ostriches and Emus Ever Fly?

Hannah Keyser

Not recently, of course. But what about their ancestors?

How Teddy Roosevelt Turned Piranhas Into Ferocious Maneaters

Ethan Trex

The tiny piranha's reputation can be traced back to a surprising source.


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Why Do People Get Ice Cream Headaches?

Matt Soniak

Ah, sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

Shel Silverstein's Unlikely Rise to Kid Lit Superstardom

the mag

Shel Silverstein bridged the worlds of adult and children's art, while becoming wildly popular in the process.

30 Facts About The Karate Kid

Tim Lybarger

It's been 30 years since Daniel LaRusso and his mother packed up and moved from New Jersey to sunny California.

Weekend Links: All the Money in the World

Roma Panganiban

How Microwave Ovens Work

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Pigeon Mail

Roma Panganiban