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5 Pairs of Countries That Americans Confuse

Arika Okrent

There are some place names that just sound so similar, we'll keep mixing them up no matter how little they have to do with each other.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

8 Inspiring Stories About Runners

Stacy Conradt

Because we could all use an extra dose of humanity this week, here are eight other feel-good stories about runners.

Don’t Change a Thing: 8 Inventions That Never Needed Updating

Therese Oneill

Constant improvement is what we do. So how amazing is it that there exist a handful of objects that, though 100 years old or more, are still perfect?

Weekend Links: The Smelliest Movie Screening

Roma Panganiban

Big Cats Like Cardboard Boxes Too

Chris Higgins

8 More Surprising Things Banned by the BBC

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

The BBC takes its role as an arbiter of taste, morals, ethics, and standards very seriously—so it doesn’t show just anything.

Weekend Links: Everyone is Beautiful

Roma Panganiban

The Space Toilet

Chris Higgins

12 Photos of Therapy Dogs Providing Comfort After Tragedies

Jill Harness

Dogs rule.

World War I Centennial: Ceasefire in the Balkans, French War Council Approves Plan XVII

Erik Sass

Brain Game: Fun with Flags

Sandy Wood

The Missing Links: The End-of-the-Week Unwind

Colin Patrick

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.