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What Makes Fireflies Glow?

Matt Soniak

Hands Across America: 25 Years Later

Ethan Trex

On May 25, 1986, over 5 million Americans linked hands to make a 4,125-mile human chain that stretched from New York City to Long Beach. They weren’t just big hand holding enthusiasts, though.

Scab Story: The 1987 NFL Strike

Ethan Trex

The specter of an extended work stoppage means we don’t know exactly when we’ll get to watch pro football again.

Weekend Links: 6 Degrees of NBA Separation

Allison Keene

If you're fully entrenched in NCAA March Madness, branch out a little bit and test your NBA knowledge in an attempt to stump this 6 Degrees of Separation game.

The Late Movies: Flight of the Bumblebee

Miss Cellania

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the tune "Flight of the Bumblebee" for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan in 1899.

Mister Rogers and His Lifetime Achievement Emmy (Get Ready to Cry at Work)

Chris Higgins

In 1997, Fred Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys.

The Bone Seller: Help Kickstart A Fascinating Documentary

Ransom Riggs

My buddy Scott is a grave-robbing expert.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Intruder calls 911 Out of Fear Timothy James Chapek was taking a shower in Portland, Oregon, when someone came into the house.

Brain Game: Meet Barbara

Apologies for my absence yesterday; the Thursday Brain Game was eaten by the monster that's been wreaking havoc on our site. (The last month's worth should reappear on the site...

Morning Cup of Links: A Makeup List

Miss Cellania

Atlas Obscura is hosting their second annual International Obscura Day on April 9, 2011.

5 Questions: Rockin' the "Croc"s

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Something's Missing...

Jason English

You might be wondering what the heck is going on over here. Why do we think it's February 11th?

Light Heart, Dark Humor: The Man Behind The Addams Family

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Cartoonist Charles Addams was almost as bizarre as the characters he drew.

What 11 Pairs of Eyeballs Watching a Movie Looks Like

Ransom Riggs

This is not only really cool, but it has striking implications for makers of film and TV.

Little Engines That Could: A Brief History of Slot Cars

Rob Lammle

For many kids growing up in the 1960s, slot cars were a regular part of Saturday afternoons.