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Morning Cup of Links


Watch Ultra HD Video of a Colorful Water Blob in Space

Chris Higgins

Behold our new blobby overlords!

13 Facts For Abigail Adams’s Birthday

Mark Mancini

The celebrated First Lady was—in several respects—lightyears ahead of her time.

21 Amazing Options for Your Next Ugly Sweater Party

Rebecca OConnell

Delight and disturb your family members with one of these impossibly silly sweaters.

How Eratosthenes Calculated Earth's Size Using a Well

Chris Higgins

Math, legwork, and a deep well helped figure out the circumference of our planet.

Thousands of Undelivered Letters Offer Rare Glimpse Into History

Caitlin Schneider

The trunk contains 2,600 pieces of mail from the turn of the 17th century, hundreds of which have never been opened.

25 Things You Should Know About Charleston

Jeff Wells

South Carolina's largest city is long on history and steeped in Southern charm. There's also Bill Murray.

Look Inside the Placebo Effect

Kate Horowitz

In a new video from “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” Joe Hanson explains the science of placebos—as much as we know, anyway.

11 Magical Facts About ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’

Jennifer M Wood

More than a half-century after its original publication, and somewhat against C. S. Lewis’ wishes, the Pevensie kids’ fantastical adventures in the land of Narnia came to life on the big screen.

Why Southern Californians Say “The” Before Freeway Numbers

Shaunacy Ferro

The regional quirk is due to the area’s particularly long history of highways.

Watch Frank Zappa & John Belushi Jam on 'SNL'

Chris Higgins

Belushi threatens a member of the horn section with his samurai sword...in a fun way.

The Bizarre 1970 Vampire Panic of Highgate Cemetery

Bess Lovejoy

Take some teenagers, rumors about a vampire, and some headless corpses, and what do you get? Panic.

You Will Soon Be Able to Buy Cream-Filled Oreo Churros

Andrew LaSane

Two delicious desserts combined in one self-contained snack.

Soon You'll Be Able to Turn Your Otherwise Useless iPhone Into a Game Boy

Rebecca OConnell

Finally, a Game Boy that makes calls.

Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' Is Being Adapted For TV

Anna Green

TV producer Noah Hawley will write and executive produce a limited series based on Vonnegut’s novel for FX.

The Lectores Who Read to Cuba's Cigar Rollers

Jake Rossen

For 150 years, Cuban cigar makers have been kept informed by their lectores: readers who keep their minds occupied while their hands do the work.