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The Giant Malaria Screen that Never Was

Emily Mullin

In the 1800s, a physician concocted an oddball plan for a colossal mosquito net meant to protect the city of Washington, D.C. from malaria.

How Maxwell House Became a Passover Staple

the mag

As Maxwell House stormed into American coffeepots in the early 1920s, the company ran into a stubborn subset of holdouts.

The Time Hank Aaron’s Bodyguard Didn’t Shoot

Hannah Keyser

10 Terms from 'Twin Peaks,' Explained

Angela Tung

What Happened to the Venus De Milo's Arms?

Stacy Conradt

10 Fascinating, Furry Facts About Meerkats

Hannah Keyser

Watch This Mesmerizing Pack Planter Robot Transplant Pansies

Rebecca OConnell

Baseball's First Rules

Hannah Keyser

Inside a Nuclear Plant

the mag

5 Questions: Stan Freberg

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13 Things You May Not Know About ‘The Poisonwood Bible’

Gillian Finklea

Today is acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver’s 60th birthday. Let’s celebrate by taking a closer look at her most renowned novel.

Test Your Wits with 8 Brainteasers from 'Idiotest': Round 2

How Portland's Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Eric D Snider

5 Things You Might Not Know About Billie Holiday

Jennifer M Wood

The life of the songstress known as “Lady Day” is just as engrossing as her music

12 Overlooked Innovators Who Helped Invent the Modern World

Adam D’Arpino

They're not all household names, but they had immense impacts on how the world functions today.

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