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The Germs in Subways, Visualized

Rebecca OConnell

We all know the subways in New York City are crawling with germs, but now we can see what those germs look like in action.

Why There Would Be No United States of America Without France

David W Brown

When French diplomats signed the Treaty of Alliance in 1778, they in essence vouched for an experiment called the United States of America.

12 Stately Facts About ‘The American President’

Matthew Jackson

Before he created 'The West Wing,' Aaron Sorkin wrote this Oscar-nominated political rom-com, which was released 20 years ago.

A Hoard of Famous Artworks Have Been in Storage Since the Iran Revolution

Kirstin Fawcett

This month, they'll be showcased in a new exhibit at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Half of the World’s Natural History Specimens Might Be Labeled Wrong

Michele Debczak

Well, this is embarrassing.

Humans Saved Gourds and Pumpkins From Extinction

Kirstin Fawcett

Thanks to our ancestors' green thumbs, we can enjoy Thanksgiving staples like pumpkin pie today.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘This American Life’ With Our Favorite 20 Episodes

Abbey Stone

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'This American Life,' we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite episodes.

Afternoon Map: Where’s All the Groundwater?

Shaunacy Ferro

A map shows how groundwater would be pooled across the Earth if it was brought to the surface.

Milwaukee Man Confuses Travelers with ‘Welcome to Cleveland' Sign on His Roof

Michele Debczak

Most epic prank ever.

25 Things You Should Know About Little Rock

Meg Van Huygen

14. It's where the country's hardworking Billy Basses go to retire.

Look Up Tonight! The Leonid Meteor Shower Will Blaze Across the Sky

Kirstin Fawcett

The celestial show occurs every November.

Why Is Your Cat Such a Picky Eater? Blame Bitter Taste Receptors

Shaunacy Ferro

The downside of refined tastes.

Limited Edition LEGO Slippers Keep Your Feet Safe From Brick-Stepping Accidents

Rebecca OConnell

Protect your feet from the agony of stepping on a LEGO brick.

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Olive Garden

Nicole Garner

Unlimited salad and breadsticks, coming right up.

Install a Living Beehive in Your Home

Michele Debczak

Here's the conversation piece you've been looking for.