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Making the "Twin Peaks" Love Theme

Chris Higgins

5 Historical Attempts to Ban Coffee

Emmy Blotnick

Coffee may seem harmless, but its historical rap sheet is a mile long.

The Missing Links: 2013's Misheard Song Lyrics

Colin Patrick

Early Incarnations of 11 Beloved Toys

Kate Erbland

Here's what some famous toys looked like in their early days, including Barbie, LEGO bricks, and Mr. Potato Head.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Frosty the Salesman

the mag

When Gene Autry sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 1949, he only did it because his wife made him.

Why Do We Toast to Celebrate?

Humans have been giving toasts for as long as there’s been alcohol and an excuse to party with it. But why did we start clinking glasses after a few good words?

8 Moments When Music and Middle-Earth Collided

Peter Jackson's latest J.R.R. Tolkein-based film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters today. But Tolkein's books haven't just inspired films.

Can Anyone Just Make a Citizen’s Arrest?

Matt Soniak

Matt Soniak answers today's Big Question.

6 Surprising Ways to Make Better Decisions

Kathy Benjamin

When it comes time to make a big decision in your life, you want all the help you can get.

The Missing Links: Awesome Places You Can't Go

Colin Patrick

11 Incredible Facts About Venus Flytraps

Mark Mancini

Some of the most influential people who ever lived have had a fascination with Dionaea muscipula. Here are 11 facts guaranteed to inspire one of your own.

The Mysterious Case of Santa Claus's Leaking Bones

Joy Lanzendorfer

The body of St. Nicholas—the man Santa Claus is based on—resides in Bari, Italy. The church claims that the bones of the saint are secreting a sweet-smelling water called manna.

10 Attempts to Thwart Christmas Tree Thieves

Kim Kankiewicz

Cindy Lou Who proved that being cute won't stop the Grinch from stealing your Christmas tree. Luckily, Santa's posse has other strategies up their fuzzy red sleeves.

Why Are Eggs Egg-Shaped?

DeAnna Kerley

There’s only one thing in this world shaped like an egg. Not exactly spherical, not exactly an oval, it’s kind of hard to describe what an egg looks like. “Asymmetric tapered oval”? Sure, why not.

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