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Nikola Tesla Wi-Fi Statue Pays Tribute to the Great Inventor

Doug Wallack

Is an Island Off Cuba the Last Surviving Piece of East Germany?

Meg Van Huygen

A long, skinny island off the Bay of Pigs might be home to more than memories of the GDR.

10 Ways to Master the Danish Art of Hygge in Your Home

Danielle Braff

Long, dark winter nights and stormy weather have us craving a roaring fire, fluffy slippers, and a soft blanket to curl up under. As the Danes would say, we want to get hygge.

Brutalist-Themed Coloring Book Lets You Color In Famous Concrete Landmarks

Kirstin Fawcett

The pages feature William Pereira’s Geisel Library, Brussels' Marnix building, and more.

Dead Air: The Talk Show Guest Who Died on Dick Cavett's Stage

Jake Rossen

In 1971, one of the country's most famous health advocates visited talk show host Dick Cavett. He didn't make it past the second commercial break.

Scientists Use Stem Cells to Regenerate Layers of a Human Heart

Jordan Rosenfeld

A recent study from Penn State details how researchers coaxed ordinary skin cells to grow into heart cells.

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Ötzi the Iceman Probably Loved Bacon Too

Shaunacy Ferro

His last meal was a dry-cured meat similar to speck or bacon, according to new analysis of his stomach contents.

The 12-Year-Old Who Fought In the Civil War

Mark Mancini

By the time John Clem was discharged near the end of the war, he had not only seen active combat but had become a national folk hero as well.

Australia Hopes to Replace Passports With Face and Fingerprint Scans by 2020

Michele Debczak

Face and fingerprint scanners would eliminate the need for paper documents.

McDonald's Is Giving Away 10,000 Bottles of Its Famous 'Special Sauce'

Kirstin Fawcett

We're loving it.

9 Colorful Facts About Goldfish

Michele Debczak

Goldfish appeal to pet owners around the world.

Amazon's Tuesday Deals Will Stock Your Desk, Campsite, and More

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Amazon's got steals on camping gear, pens, top commuter mugs, and more.

Here Are the Worst Passwords Used in 2016

Shaunacy Ferro

Don’t let digital laziness (or a bad memory) put your information at risk.