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Why Do We Call Carrying A Person On Our Backs Or Shoulders "Piggyback"?

Kara Kovalchik

Remember that old children's game Telephone, where a word or phrase would be whispered whispered down the line until it got to the last person?

11 Suffixes That Gave Us New, Often Terrible Words

Arika Okrent

Here are some word endings that have become productive to varying degrees.

The Late Movies: Dogs on Wheels

Miss Cellania

Over the summer, my dog had an accident in which a rear leg was so damaged that it had to be amputated.

5 U.S. Cities That Were Destroyed—and Completely Rebuilt

Adrienne Crezo

As recovery efforts begin in areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, rebuilding may seem like an impossible task right now. But rebuilding will happen.

Running The NYC Marathon: Bad Idea Or Worst Idea?

Erin McCarthy

Shortly after this was posted, there was an UPDATE, 5:26 PM: The NYC Marathon has been canceled.

The Missing Links: Art That Makes Scents

Colin Patrick

This Is Why Sports Are Great Everything about athletics that isn't this just clouds how beautiful and wonderful sports can be. * That New Art Exhibit Stinks Literally. * Some of You A

At the Libraries: Stealing Books

Miss Kathleen

Each month Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

9 Tips for that James K. Polk Bash You’re Probably Planning

Julia Davis

Wikimedia Commons Looking for ways to go wild this weekend? Then think about throwing a big-time 217th birthday bash for one of America’s least known presidents of all time, Mr. James K.

10 Former Professional Athletes Currently Serving Time

Danny Groner

Photo Courtesy CheckOutMyCards Former Yankees' standout pitcher Brien Taylor is widely accepted as one of the biggest disappointments in Major League Baseball history.

Heartwarming Stories About People Helping People

Jason English

On Fridays, I usually post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark discussion in the comments.

The Working Dead: The Posthumous Career of Kurt Vonnegut

Amanda Green

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Man Sues Wife After Ugly Baby Born Jian Feng, of northern China, got married and then he and his wife had a baby.

How Do Two-Way Mirrors Work?

Erin McCarthy

A two-way mirror in the film The Cabin In The Woods. Photo Courtesy Lionsgate Entertainment.It’s a familiar scene from every police procedural: In one brightly lit room, a perp is being questioned.

Alex the Counting Parrot Was Even Smarter Than Everyone Thought

Jill Harness

You may already know about Alex the gray parrot, the subject of a 30 year investigation into avian cognition. The study showed that the bird was just as smart as any chimp.

Morning Cup of Links: Helping Out

Miss Cellania

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are headlining a concert tonight to benefit hurricane victims.