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9 Live Television Spectacles

Kate Erbland

It's not just The Sound of Music: Plenty of other large-scale live events have been piped into a TV near you over the past decades.

The Missing Links: For Those Who Love Kids

Colin Patrick

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

There Are 5 Types of Boredom

Meghan Holohan

Researchers have discovered that there are actually five different kinds—and most people tend to experience just one type of boredom throughout their lives.

What's the Best Opening Sentence Ever?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of unrelated questions. Reading your answers helps me get through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

The Origins of 15 Delightful Carnival Rides

You know GEICO’s customer service delights customers, but how well do you know where these delightful amusement staples got their starts?

Why Are Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Times of Mourning?

Ethan Trex

Flying a flag at half-staff has become a well-recognized symbol of national grieving, but where did this tradition originate, and how does the decision to lower the flag work?

11 Incredible Film Facts for the Passionate Movie Buff

Everyone loves a good movie, and these fun facts will help you fascinate your friends on your next trip to the multiplex.

Where Did The Term "Happy Hour" Come From?

Sean Hutchinson

The concept of the “Happy Hour” isn’t merely a marketing strategy, and the history of hitting the sauce at half price has a surprisingly strong—if not varied—connection to American history.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year: “Science”

Arika Okrent

What makes a word the word of the year? Different authorities use different criteria in making their selections.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Nelson Mandela

Stacy Conradt

Nelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95. Most of us are pretty familiar with his imprisonment and anti-Apartheid work; here are a few things you might not have known.

15 Fun Phrases That Were Popularized During Prohibition

Jennifer M Wood

Prohibition ended in 1933, but the colorful colloquialisms it brought about will live on forever.

Watch the Restored Original Cut of The Dark Crystal

Chris Higgins

For the past two years, an enterprising fan has labored to reassemble the original cut of the movie, which was deemed too weird for theaters.

The Missing Links: Let's Have A Drink

Colin Patrick

Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made

Arika Okrent

German is known for its extra long compound words. Ever wonder how they're created?