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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

How the Picturephone Failed

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Pigeon Mail

Roma Panganiban

9 Times Companies Used Puppets to Sell Stuff

Roger Cormier

There has been a lot of backlash with puppets in commercials lately. That wasn't always the case.

What Makes American Whiskey Unique?

Clair McLafferty

The Summer Homes of 5 Legendary Authors

the mag Lucas Reilly

What do great authors do at their summer homes? Compose our favorite beach reads.

The Missing Links: Amazing Before and After Visual Effect Shots

Colin Patrick

What's the Oldest Thing You Own?

Jason English

On Fridays, we ask a series of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...