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Frosty the Salesman

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When Gene Autry sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 1949, he only did it because his wife made him.

Why Do We Toast to Celebrate?

Humans have been giving toasts for as long as there’s been alcohol and an excuse to party with it. But why did we start clinking glasses after a few good words?

8 Moments When Music and Middle-Earth Collided

Peter Jackson's latest J.R.R. Tolkein-based film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters today. But Tolkein's books haven't just inspired films.

Can Anyone Just Make a Citizen’s Arrest?

Matt Soniak

Matt Soniak answers today's Big Question.

5 Questions: Silent Night

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6 Surprising Ways to Make Better Decisions

Kathy Benjamin

When it comes time to make a big decision in your life, you want all the help you can get.

The Missing Links: Awesome Places You Can't Go

Colin Patrick

11 Incredible Facts About Venus Flytraps

Mark Mancini

Some of the most influential people who ever lived have had a fascination with Dionaea muscipula. Here are 11 facts guaranteed to inspire one of your own.

The Mysterious Case of Santa Claus's Leaking Bones

Joy Lanzendorfer

The body of St. Nicholas—the man Santa Claus is based on—resides in Bari, Italy. The church claims that the bones of the saint are secreting a sweet-smelling water called manna.

10 Attempts to Thwart Christmas Tree Thieves

Kim Kankiewicz

Cindy Lou Who proved that being cute won't stop the Grinch from stealing your Christmas tree. Luckily, Santa's posse has other strategies up their fuzzy red sleeves.

Why Are Eggs Egg-Shaped?

DeAnna Kerley

There’s only one thing in this world shaped like an egg. Not exactly spherical, not exactly an oval, it’s kind of hard to describe what an egg looks like. “Asymmetric tapered oval”? Sure, why not.

6 Ways Cell Phones Are Changing the World (Beyond the Ways You're Probably Thinking)

Chris Higgins

More people have access to a cell phone than a toilet. What are all those phones doing?

Where Are the Best Places in the World to Stargaze?

If you want to get away from all the light pollution, put these places on your to-visit list.

5 Questions: Christmas Tree Decorations

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11 Weird Artistic Tributes to Mr. Spock

Therese Oneill

Live long and prosper, and check out these delightfully weird tributes to Leonard Nimoy's best known character, Mister Spock.