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How Austrian Soldiers Saved the 1964 Olympics

Ethan Trex

Although Innsbruck has a well-deserved reputation as a winter sports mecca, it was dangerously low on snow and ice in the weeks leading up the 1964 Games. So the organizers called in the troops.

Red Bull Gives Wings to Artists and Athletes Alike

Red Bull fuels the most creative of artists and the most fearless of athletes.

What are Pimentos, And How Do They Get Inside Olives?

Kara Kovalchik

Pimentos start out in life as a variety of chili pepper called “cherry peppers.” Small and red (hence the name), they are sweeter than bell peppers and very mild, with the lowest Scoville scale rating

5 Things You Might Not Know About Vaccines

Chris Higgins

Vaccines are a crucial part of maintaining public health. Here are five things about vaccines—including the ones you may have received!—that you might not know.

Curling Term or Quidditch Term?

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Olympic curling may have drawn you in, but how well do you know the sport’s unique jargon? To us, the curling lexicon often sounds like it could have been lifted directly out of the rulebook for Harry Potter’s favorite game, Quidditch. How well can you tell the difference?

5 Questions: Blow 'Em or Pop 'Em

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How to Give Birth 100 Years Ago

Therese Oneill The Week

Here, we look at some of the stranger advice of the day.

5 Real-Life Events Predicted by Simpsons Jokes

Christian Bond

Last week, the internet was abuzz after The Simpsons predicted a Seahawks-Broncos Super Bowl. But that wasn't the first time the show told the future.

The Missing Links: More Bets You Can't Lose

Colin Patrick

12 Events That Will Debut at This Year's Winter Olympic Games

Rudie Obias

These additions bring the total number of events to 98 overall in 15 disciplines in 7 separate sports.

10 Weird and Wacky Flowcharts

Miss Cellania

11 Notable Medalists in the Olympic Art Competitions

Scott Allen

Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting and sculpture. Here are some notable medalists in those categories.

Ants Shape Their Bodies to the Jobs They Do

Matt Soniak

For ants and other social insects, form and function have strong ties.

15 Highlights from the Library of Congress's Carl Sagan Archive

Sean Hutchinson

Recently, the Library of Congress acquired and began to digitize The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, a compilation of the personal papers, books, and correspondenc

Is Your Sense of Direction Innate?

Lucas Reilly

Some people are like homing pigeons: Drop them off anywhere, and they’ll find their way around. Other people, though, can’t tell when they’re holding a map upside down.

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