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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

The Stories Behind All 50 State Quarters

Hannah Keyser

Here's how each state decided what to put on its commemorative quarter.

Simulation Shows Nearly 12,000 Years of Large Volcano Eruptions

Kirstin Fawcett

Giant explosions have occurred all over over the globe.

The Secret of Floppy Paper

Chris Higgins

Use math to amaze (and educate) your friends.

What's So Continental About a Continental Breakfast?

Matt Soniak

A stale bagel in a Midwest motel is a far cry from a flaky croissant at a Parisian cafe, but the sentiment is the same.

30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames

Judith B Herman

It’s easy to guess what an ancestor of someone named Cook, Carpenter, or Smith did for a living.

Wear Your Favorite Painting on Your Clothes

Rebecca OConnell

Turn your outfit into gallery wall.

When Texas Had Embassies and Ambassadors In Europe

Alvin Ward

Everything's bigger in Texas, but their diplomatic representation overseas was rather small.

Bert & Ernie Go to the Movies

Chris Higgins

Revisit a charming segment in which Ernie can't keep his mouth shut. (Shh!)

Central Park's Lamp Posts Have a Hidden Trick To Help You Navigate

Caitlin Schneider

You don't need a map or a phone to get around Central Park—the tools are all right there.

Look Up Tonight! Venus and Jupiter Will Appear Extremely Close to Each Other

David W Brown

This is the closest the planets will appear to each other in the night sky until 2065.

The Case of the Deadly Bagpipes

Kate Horowitz

Doctors say a British man’s fatal lung infection was likely caused by daily use of his fungi-filled wind instrument.

This Weekend's Can't-Miss Amazon Deals

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, August 27.

Comparing Coach-Class Legroom Across Airlines

Shaunacy Ferro

JetBlue may feel cramped, but it's super roomy compared to other airlines.

Watch How Bicycles Were Made (in 1945)

Chris Higgins

It's a staggering amount of work!