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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The End of a Policy, the Beginning of an Idiom

Arika Okrent

It has been two years since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed as a military policy, but it seems to have taken up residence in our storehouse of ready-made expressions for good, which is not surpri

7 Awesome Things Birds Can Do

Will McGough

If you live in any U.S. city, you probably think those pesky, puke-eating pigeons and their feathered friends are pretty brain dead. Don’t be fooled.

What Intentionally Misspelled Words Drive You Crazy?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of questions to get a conversation going in the comments. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

How to Break a Board

Our eight-part Be More Interesting series will teach you new skills to wow your friends. Today, Max Silvestri learns how to break a board.

Wait, What Does the Fox Say?

Matt Soniak

10 Famous Psychological Experiments That Could Never Happen Today

Meredith Danko

The standards for psych experiments weren't always so strict, which is how some of the most famous studies came about.

The Very First Coupons

Mark Ellwood

Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 119

Mark Arminio

It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut, lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country.

8 Times Fans Mailed Items to Studios to Save Their Shows

Stacy Conradt

Dedicated TV fans will go above and beyond mere letter-writing to save the shows they love. We've already covered a few shows that fans staged mail-ins to save; here are a few more.

Watch Australians Explain How to Do an Australian Accent

Arika Okrent

The 27th Amendment's 200-Year Wait

Kelly Carroll

The 27th and final amendment to the U.S.

This Beer Was Brewed Using Yeast Grown in a Beard

Meghan Holohan

A new strain of yeast being used by Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon, came from a mostly unlikely place—the master brewer’s beard.

10 Cats Who Live at the Library

Miss Cellania

A library can operate without a cat, but a library with a cat is special.