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12 Other People We Lost in 2013

Mark Juddery

Let's remember a few significant or inspiring people who left this mortal plane this year—people whose deaths (or whose lives) might not have been on your radar.

William Wordsworth: How Last Names (Sometimes) Determine Your Career

DeAnna Kerley

William Wordsworth is a famous poet. Usain Bolt broke the record for fastest human being.

How Baby River Otters Learn to Swim

Chris Higgins

20 Fascinating Facts About 'The Exorcist'

Jennifer M Wood

Of pea soup and pig squeals.

How Do Skyscrapers Keep Getting Taller?

Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world, rising 2,717 feet. That’s twice as high as the Empire State Building. How can buildings stretch so high without toppling over?

LeVar Burton Reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Jason English

Listen to our new best friend LeVar Burton read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from the Reading Rainbow iPad app.

The Johnny Cash Christmas Show from 1977

Chris Higgins

Can Opera Singers Shatter Glass?

Yes! But it isn’t easy. (And you don’t need to be an opera singer to do it. All you need is a good ear and powerful pipes.)

32 Vintage Photos of People Having a Merry Christmas

Erin McCarthy

Christmas through the years.

World War I Centennial: France Sends Anti-German Ambassador to Russia

Erik Sass

A Few Facts about 4 More Classic Holiday TV Specials

Kara Kovalchik

How many of these shows do you remember, or maybe still watch every year?

Scientists Recreate Dreams With YouTube Videos

DeAnna Kerley

Mind reading used to belong to the realms of sci-fi books and comic strips.

9 Holiday Characters From Around the World

Ethan Trex

Most American four-year-olds can tell you all about beloved Christmas characters like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.

Cubli: A Balancing, Walking Cube

Chris Higgins

6 Not-So-Jolly Christmas Carols

Danny Gallagher

There are some Christmas songs that don't get a lot of attention because they're dark, even by non-holiday song standards.