14 Swedish Words That Conflict With the Ikea Products They Name

Arika Okrent

There's a system to Ikea product naming that matches word categories to product categories. Then there are names that don't relate to the products in any way.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you missed.

Weekend Links: J.D. Salinger’s First Story

Roma Panganiban

Where Are These Thousand Islands?

Ethan Trex

Is the delicious dressing that gives a Reuben its tanginess named after an actual chain of islands? You bet it is.

More On the Apollo Guidance Computer from 1965

Chris Higgins

Celebrating Women's Equality Day: Quotes from 13 Influential Women Writers [Sponsored]

Figwit, Our Favorite Extremely Minor Elf

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Why Everyone’s An Awful Driver

Roma Panganiban

The Late Movies: 7 Actors Who Played Batman Before Ben Affleck (And What Fans Had to Say About Them)

Erica Palan

10 Actual Competitions for Major Mental Athletes

Kelly Carroll

Maybe your days of physical athletic prowess are far behind you. But brains can grow more efficient over time if properly worked out.

The Stories Behind 9 Iconic TV Production Logos

Rudie Obias

The production logos that cap off a TV show don't just tell you who made the show—they're also a glimpse into the creator’s sense of humor and personality.

The Missing Links: Sci-Fi Dreams of the Super Rich

Colin Patrick

The 7 Most Expensive Homes in the World

Chris Stokel-Walker

Some of these properties are available on the open market—if you have enough money. Some are not. But all of them join a unique club of some of the world’s costliest places to live.

Who Are Your Hometown's Notable Residents?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Nuclear Bombs Could be Used to Fight Wildlife Poachers (But Not in the Way You're Thinking)

Matt Soniak

Most carbon-14, whether it’s natural or man-made, American or Soviet, oxidizes into carbon dioxide, and then gets taken in by the oceans and by plants.