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14 Hand-Painted Geeky Shoe Designs

Jill Harness

While plenty of people have geeky tee shirts, nerdy shoes are far less common—but shoes are great because, unlike tees, you can wear them day in and day out if you so please.

Retrobituaries: Frank Wisner, Father of American Covert Operations

David W Brown

The first CIA men had to be really smart or a slightly crazy. Frank Wisner, the father of American covert operations, was both.

Do You Know How to Code?

Chris Higgins

The Origins of 10 Great Insults

Therese Oneill

Here are the origins of some familiar insults that will make calling out all the rubes, bums, cretins, and punks in your life a more fulfilling experience.

46 Things I Learned Making Mister Rogers & Me

Mister Rogers and Benjamin Wagner really were neighbors. Here are 46 things Wagner learned about this great man and his essential pioneering work.

How Many Languages is it Possible to Know?

Arika Okrent

There are millions of people, even in the mostly monolingual US, who speak more than one language at home. Competence in three languages is not unusual. But what about 10, 20, 30, 100 languages?

10 "How It's Made" Clips From Mister Rogers

Jason English

Mister Rogers passed away 10 years ago today. He may be gone but he's certainly not forgotten, especially in our house where my four-year-old daughter and I watch a clip each night.

The Late Movies: All That Jazz

Erica Palan

6 Words English Got From Hindi

Judith B Herman

During the British Raj, or dominion over India (1757-1947), English gained a number of words from Hindi and other Indian languages.

Music History #19: "Ruby's Shoes"

Bill DeMain

When singer-songwriter Lori McKenna’s son was in second grade, he did a book report on Ruby Bridges, the African-American elementary school student who famously crossed the desegregation lines in 1960

The Missing Links: The Story of Sriracha

Colin Patrick

Sailor Chic: How Peacoats Came to Be

Roma Panganiban

These days, you don’t have to be in the Navy to look like you belong on the open sea.

How NYC's Street Signs are Made

Chris Higgins

9 Delightful Garden Cakes

Miss Cellania

13 Really Creepy Movie Locations

Jenni Miller

Some movie-makers make the extra effort to find a spooky location to go with a nightmarish tale. Although not all of these places are haunted, they look like they could be!