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7 Tall Tales About Life in the 1500s and the Origins of Phrases

Judith B Herman

It hits your email inbox with surprising regularity: “Life in the 1500s,” a collection of the incredible stories behind old sayings. But the stories are too good to be true.

26 Outrageous Facts About Children's TV

Jason English

John Green goes behind the scenes of Barney, Teletubbies, Schoolhouse Rock, Yo Gabba Gabba, Blue's Clues and more

Morning Cup of Links: The Frozen Lighthouse of Michigan

Miss Cellania

Do Flies Really Have 24-Hour Lifespans?

Mark Mancini

“I’ve only got 24 hours of living, and I ain’t gonna waste ‘em here!” groans a disgruntled housefly during a hilarious scene in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life.

Staircases to Nowhere: Making "The Shining"

Chris Higgins

100 Years of Typewriters on One Giant Poster

Hannah Keyser

With over 60 models featured, the poster highlights the varied, and sometimes colorful, evolution of the nostalgia icon.

5 Questions: Go Directly to Jail

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World War I Centennial: Mixed Messages from Italy

Erik Sass

11 Treasure Hunting Tales

Stacy Conradt

Here are a few times intrepid explorers have struck it rich—and a few priceless hoards that are still out there for the finding.

11 Gas Station Premiums of Yesteryear

Kara Kovalchik

Gas stations used to have a foolproof plan to win customer loyalty: tchotchkes.

11 Famous Movies That Were Almost Named Something Else

Hannah Keyser

It's often the first thing you know about a film, so when it comes to crafting the next blockbuster, movie makers are eager to get the name just right.

11 Stars as Muppets

Kate Erbland

Toy store super power FAO Schwarz has long offered a little something they call “The Muppet Whatnot Shop,” which allows customers to design their very own Muppet.

11 Movies Based on Poems

Rudie Obias

Hollywood pushes out a seemingly endless supply of movies based on novels, comic books, or old TV shows. Every so often, however, studios try their hand at adapting poems for the big screen.

The Fictional World of George Orwell's 1984

Randy Olson

Today's map shows the three totalitarian super-states of 1984 and the territory they're fighting over.

11 Dog Breeds That No Longer Exist

Nick Greene

Who's a good dog? They were. They were.

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