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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

Explosions Hit Boston Marathon: Live Feed

Jason English

Scientists Want More Money to Research Hangover Cures

The Week

All of that boozing is costing us about $148 billion every year in productivity.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

Castles Built By Only One Person

Jill Harness

Designing and building a castle is hard work, even with a whole team of skilled craftsmen, but that doesn't mean some people haven't tried constructing one all by themselves.

Weekend Links: Building the Gatsby Estate

Roma Panganiban

The Making of "The '80s: The Decade that Made Us"

Erin McCarthy

If you look at the world we live in—from the fitness fads to the gadgets we carry in our pockets and use in our homes to the music we listen to—nearly all roads lead back to one era: The 1980s.