A Brief and Bizarre History of the Baby Cage

Hannah Keyser

Baby cages were once an acceptable way for city-dwelling parents to let their children get some air.

9 of the Most Beautiful Weather Photos of the Year

Shaunacy Ferro

NOAA’s Weather in Focus contest features spectacular skies and terrifying storms.

Flamingo Gets a New Leg at Brazilian Zoo

Hayley Harding

Why Route 66 Was Decommissioned

Stacy Conradt

An Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer Vibrates Clothes Dry

Shaunacy Ferro

The super-efficient heatless dryer uses up to 10 times less energy than the standard tumble dryer—and may finish the job 20 minutes faster.

14 Naked Facts About ‘Flashdance’

Garin Pirnia

In 1983, a welder-cum-exotic dancer inspired a generation to “take your passion, and make it happen.”

Mary Pickford and the First Million-Dollar Film Contract

Stacy Conradt

Her history-making movie deal would earn her nearly $22,000,000 today.

Grave Sightings: Jack Lemmon

Stacy Conradt

The comedy legend's headstone serves as his final marquee.

Chuck Palahniuk Reads from 'Fight Club 4 Kids'

Sonia Weiser

Here's what happens when "The Boy With No Name" decides to start a "Horsing Around Club."

What Did the Original Colonists Sound Like?

Alvin Ward

Craig answers a reader-submitted Big Question about accents in the 18th century.

5 Facts About New York's Elevator Museum

the mag

We talked to Patrick Carrajat, founder and curator of the Elevator Historical Society in Queens, New York, about the ups and downs of his industry.

The Missing Links: Homer and Marge Simpson Address Some Rumors

Colin Patrick

Cafe Density Around the United States

Sonia Weiser

The Island Where Tabasco Peppers Grow

Stacy Conradt

If you love Tabasco and all things spicy, Louisiana's Avery Island is your version of Wonka's chocolate factory.

Winner Takes All: 8 of the Most Dramatic Format Wars

Janet Burns

More than a few of the battles between media platforms over the past century have been downright ruthless.