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Is the Five-Second Rule Real?

Meghan Holohan

Fans of MythBusters will point out that Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage proved several years ago that five seconds on the floor was enough for tasty morsels to attract all sorts of bacteria—but a new st

15 Classified Ads We Hope Had Happy Endings

Therese Oneill

Today, if we have specific needs or questions, we can usually find a specific forum or website to help us. But a century ago, there was only the Classifieds section of your town’s newspaper.

This Video Elegantly Explains How Big the Universe Is

Erin McCarthy

10 Famous Literary Characters Based on Real People

Stacy Conradt

“Write what you know,” they say. So it makes sense that many authors take a good look around at friends and family when creating characters for their books.

5 Lesser-Known Film Adaptations of Famous Books

Kate Erbland

Sure, you're familiar with some version of these books that were committed to film. But you might not have known about these...

The Secrets Behind 7 Secret Recipes

Nick Greene

These companies know that the unknown will always be more exciting than "some mayo and paprika."

9 Ways to Find Age Without a Calendar

Arallyn Primm

You can’t ask a tree or a whale how old they are, and most of them weren’t tracked from birth. So how do you tell their age? How do you find out the age of things without a calendar?

The Missing Links: The Inspiration For the Film "Up"

Colin Patrick

The Letters of Last Resort

Hannah Keyser

If you have a secret to keep, a good place to do so is in a safe inside another safe in the control room of a nuclear-class submarine far below the surface of the ocean.

Guess 43 Cartoon Theme Songs in 5 Minutes

Chris Higgins

44 Facts About the U.S. Presidents

Jason English

I know what you're going to ask: Yes, Grover Cleveland gets two facts. He earned it.

12 Scientific Postulates Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics

Arika Okrent

We’ve seen how the “Generate Line” feature at rap lyric writing tool RapPad can bring about unexpected poetry when paired with famous first lines from literature, but these serendipitous paths through

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

This week's most interesting comics: 2000 AD, The Silver Surfer, Rat Queens and more.

A Brief History of Jeopardy!

Jake Rossen

The long-running game show is adored by millions. But there was a time—and another time, and one more time—when questions swirled around its survival.

Why was Napoleon Usually Painted with A Hand in His Coat?

Kara Kovalchik

No, he didn’t have heartburn or an unsightly hangnail. Just like low-slung jeans and pet rocks, posing with one hand hidden was a fad, and was considered a symbol of good breeding.