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Why Are White People Called Caucasian?

Matt Soniak

It goes back to German anthropologist Friedrich Blumenbach.

A History of "Trial By Ordeal"

Arallyn Primm

Have you ever undergone a “trial by fire”? In its modern use, this refers to any ordeal meant to test one’s strength, endurance, or resolve.

Retrobituaries: Edsger Dijkstra, Computer Scientist

David W Brown

In our Retrobituaries series, we highlight interesting people who are no longer with us. Today let's explore the life of Edsger Dijkstra, who died at 72 in 2002.

9 Ways to Enjoy Cadbury Creme Eggs

Miss Cellania

From the sublime to the ridiculous—you decide which is which.

16 Intricate Miniature Rooms

Virginia C McGuire

Furniture is just furniture and rooms are just rooms, but when they're tiny they suddenly become fascinating and adorable.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

When and Why Did People Start Saying "Um" When They Talk?

Arika Okrent

Reader Darren wrote in to ask, "When and why did people start saying um when they are talking?"

Morning Links: Hunting Down the Boston Marathon Suspects

Miss Cellania

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 97

Mark Arminio

11 Reasons the BBC Has Banned Hit Songs

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Here are a few things that got songs banned from the Beeb.

Trailer Thursdays: Aliens, Devil DJs and a 12-Step Program

Stacy Conradt

The Missing Links: How to Handle A Heckler

Colin Patrick

13 Fun Facts About the Internet’s Cutest Cat, Lil Bub

Erin McCarthy

Vice’s documentary about the cutest creature on the planet, Lil Bub—aptly titled "Lil Bub & Friendz"—opens at the Tribeca Film Festival today.

10 TARDIS Dresses for Fancy Occasions

Miss Cellania

Help Remake "The Empire Strikes Back"

Chris Higgins