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14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Whistler's Mother'

Kristy Puchko

American artist James McNeill Whistler is best remembered for his portrait of his beloved mother, fittingly known as 'Whistler's Mother.' But while affection grew for this painting, its

Walk the Ancient City of Petra on Google Street View

Chris Higgins

Can't afford a trip to Jordan? Thanks to Google, you can get pretty close for free!

14 Fascinating Facts About 'Sling Blade'

Roger Cormier

John Ritter's backstory for his gay convenience store manger involved the 'Happy Days' gang.

This Sprinkler Saves Water By Analyzing the Weather Forecast

Michele Debczak

ETwater learns from the data it collects about your lawn and climate.

10 Scenic Facts About Central Park

Kirstin Fawcett

The urban park is one of America's most well-known attractions—but it still holds a few secrets.

Edison Showed Off the Phonograph 138 Years Ago Today

Chris Higgins

He hollered "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into it. And it hollered back!

30 Facts About Your Favorite Steven Spielberg Movies

1. Daniel Day-Lewis is the first actor to win an Oscar for one of Spielberg’s movies.

Were Medieval Books Written on Uteruses?

Kate Horowitz

Researchers found a clever way to test centuries-old manuscripts without damaging them: eraser crumbs.

A Quest to Document Northeast India's Amazing Root Bridges

Kirstin Fawcett

Pliable, strong overpasses are fashioned from trees—but they've never been documented in full.

Enos the Chimp, First Chimp in Orbit, 54 Years Ago Today

Chris Higgins

The story of Enos, second "space chimp," who launched 54 years ago today.

Happy Meat Day! And Other Japanese Pun Holidays You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

Ellen Freeman

A Look at a Brewery's Assembly Line From the Beer's Point of View

Rebecca OConnell

Ever wonder what it's like to be a can of beer?

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

'The Dark Knight,' 'The Eternaut,' and 'Apartment 3G.'

The Two Men Walking Every Block in NYC

Chris Higgins

What do you learn, ambling down thousands of miles of sidewalk?

22 Fun Facts About ‘Scrooged’

Jennifer M Wood

Of the many adaptations of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' only Richard Donner's big-screen version has got Bill Murray.