Everything You Need to Know to Get Caught Up With Superman Comics

Rich Barrett

Where Do the Days of the Week Get Their Names?

Sean ONeill Arika Okrent

What does Sunday have to do with the sun? What's a Satur or Tues?

15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Blue Boy’

Kristy Puchko

The Blue Boy has been using his defiant stare and unique fashion sense to transfix viewers for centuries.

Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients

If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you?

The Missing Links: Explaining Philosophy With Doughnuts

Colin Patrick

1936 Map of the Dogs of All Nations

Arika Okrent

There Is a Video Game Where You Just Take Care of Succulents

Shaunacy Ferro

Viridi is sort of like a Tamagotchi for gardening.

The World’s Top 20 Languages—And The Words English Has Borrowed From Them

Paul Anthony Jones

The most-spoken languages and their influences on English.

What It's Like To Record the Audiobook Version of 'Infinite Jest'

Nick Greene

There's a tiny fellowship of people who know how difficult it is to sit in a room and read 'Infinite Jest' out loud.

The Real-Life Operation That Works Like 'Operation'

Jake Rossen

If a surgeon gets too close to delicate nerves in the throat, an alarm goes off. (But no one's nose lights up.)

Get to Know the Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Jessica Coen the mag

Get to know the fussy, controversial, and utterly delicious Windy City specialty.

Name the Six-Letter Capitals of the US

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A Brief History of Ill-Advised Campus Fads

the mag

Throughout the years there's been some very stupid tricks on some very well-regarded campuses.

When Work Drives You Mad: Tales from the Deadly "Loony Gas" Building

Stacy Conradt

Work driving you crazy? Try telling that to workers at Standard Oil Refinery's TEL facility.

Patti Lyle Collins, Super-Sleuth of the Dead Letter Office

Bess Lovejoy

Today the lost and found department of the United States Postal Service is called the Mail Recovery Center, which isn’t a very evocative name.