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How Philadelphia's Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Arika Okrent

Philadelphia is a city of American history, and that history is reflected in its various neighborhoods.

Drink Whiskey Like George Washington

Hannah Keyser

History buffs and whiskey aficionados, get thee to Virginia.

8 Heroic Cats

Miss Cellania

These cats went above and beyond the call of duty to help others in need.

25 Fun Facts About Godzilla

Mark Mancini

Look out, Tokyo! On Friday, Godzilla’s set to rise from the depths and end a ten-year cinematic hiatus in an all-new movie (alongside Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston).

A Rube Goldberg Zipper-Zipping Machine

Chris Higgins

Since the late 1980s, Purdue University has invited students to make Rube Goldberg machines accomplishing simple tasks in absurdly complex ways.

A Brief History of the Chocolate Chip

Kate Erbland

Have you ever wondered where exactly the chocolate chip came from? Who invented it? Who decided it was best for baking? Should we be calling it a “chip” or a “morsel”?

Every Country's Highest Valued Export

Jason English

Which export makes your country the most money?

Firefox Wants You to Shape the Future of the Web [Sponsored]

The Web needs us. It needs you and others like you to help protect our largest shared resource.

10 Lakes That Are Disappearing or Already Gone

Emily Masamitsu Scadden

In the past, it took decades for man-made water diversion projects and changes in climate to dramatically reduce the size of some of the world’s largest bodies of water.

What's the Difference Between Seals and Sea Lions?

Hannah Keyser

There's a good reason seals and sea lions look so similar—they're both members of the pinniped taxonomic group, a name which refers in Latin to their "fin feet." Walruses are also

Morning Cup of Links: Sound Effects Gone Wrong

Miss Cellania

The Weird Patent for a "Better" Mousetrap

Erin McCarthy

You know the saying: "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." But improving on the mousetrap is tough—just ask Joseph Barad and Edward Markoff.

5 Questions: On the "Fritz"

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Gorgeous Timelapse Video of Colorful Alaskan Nights

Erin McCarthy

12 Ways Monsters Were Made (According to a Medieval Doctor)

Lyz Lenz

Besides “God’s will” and “evil,” here are 12 ways Ambrose Pare believed that monsters like man-goats and brain scorpions were created, from his book On Monsters and Marvels.