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The Missing Links: Awe-Inspiring Elevators

Colin Patrick

Look for the Helpers: 10 Heroes of the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Miss Cellania

Here are some examples of the good to take the edge off the horrifyingly bad.

Fun With Magnetic Putty

Chris Higgins

Brain Game: The Big Question Mark

Sandy Wood

Why Do We Knock on Wood?

Matt Soniak

Traditionally, when you speak of your own good fortune, you follow up with a quick knock on a piece of wood to keep your luck from going bad.

The Late Movies: Bluegrass Covers

Matt Soniak

4 Presidents Who Painted for Fun and Profit

Roma Panganiban

For four presidents in history that we know of, and likely a few more that we don’t, painting has been a comfort both before their executive years and after them.

Can Cats See Optical Illusions?

Jill Harness

We know animals see differently than we do and that their brains process visual messages in a different manner—which has led many to wonder if animals can see optical illusions.

Watch: Conan O'Brien's 1993 "Late Night" Audition

Erin McCarthy

After David Letterman left Late Night (and NBC) in 1993, producers auditioned many comedians for the host position. Lorne Michaels, who was developing the new show, suggested Conan O'Brien.

The Missing Links: The Story of SNL Stills

Colin Patrick

The True Stories Behind 11 Famous Sideshow Performers

M Asher Cantrell

Although the sideshow has mostly disappeared from the American landscape today, we can still look back on the performers of yesteryear and see how they became the icons of the American circus culture.

The Time Salvador Dali Worked for Walt Disney

Mark Mancini

Did you know that Disney briefly employed the world’s most famous surrealist?

5 Americans Who Defected to North Korea

David W Brown

Some of them were sold on the Communist lifestyle, some were looking for an escape from Western problems, and some were simply misled.

What Does a Foreign Service Officer Do?

Karina Martinez-Carter

The unfortunate and untimely death of a young Foreign Service Officer in a suicide bombing on April 6 in Afghanistan’s Zabul province has drawn attention to the careers of U.S. diplomats.

You Will...Send a Fax from the Beach

Chris Higgins