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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in October

Caitlin Schneider

Between your Pumpkin Spice Latte runs and horror movie marathons, see if you can squeeze in a few of these unconventional celebrations.

WWI Centennial: The Tide Turns Against Romania

Erik Sass

Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 251st installment in the series.

New Wind Turbine Harnesses the Power of Typhoons

Anna Green

The design aims to employ the often-damaging energy that comes with powerful tropical storms.

11 Collectible Facts About Hot Wheels

Mark Mancini

1. They were the brainchild of Elliot Handler, whose wife created Barbie.

Scientists Develop Test-in-a-Box for Chikungunya Virus

Kate Horowitz

The portable test kit does not require refrigeration and could provide faster, more cost-effective diagnosis in remote areas.

Surprise, Motherf@#&er: Erik King on 10 Years of 'Dexter'

Jake Rossen

The hot-tempered Sergeant Doakes was based in part on King's dad, a law enforcement officer.

The British Museum Acquires 19 Rare Picasso Prints

Shaunacy Ferro

The museum is cementing its reputation as a major destination for Picasso fans.

5 Bulletproof Facts About Marvel's Luke Cage

Jay Serafino

Before you binge on Netflix's 'Luke Cage,' check out these five facts about Marvel's resident Hero for Hire.

Here Are the Most Popular Transactions Made Through Venmo

Michele Debczak

“Pizza emoji” comes out on top.

'Toy Story'-Inspired Vans Are Coming Soon

Kirstin Fawcett

It's footwear that goes to infinity and beyond.

Show & Tell: Calvin Coolidge’s Electric Exercise Horse

Erin Blakemore

"Silent Cal" rode it three times a day for fitness—and fun.

This Silicone Cone Helps Keep Your Kitchen Splatter-Free

Kirstin Fawcett

For when your love of bacon knows no bounds—but you'd like it if the excess grease did.

Get Your Coffee Fix With the Help of an R2-D2 French Press

Rebecca OConnell

The droid can make up to four cups of coffee at a time—enough for Leia, Luke, Han, and Chewie.

Is It Possible to Have Lightning But No Thunder?

Dennis Mersereau

Forget everything you thought you knew about "heat lightning."

The Doctor Who Designed a Cipher Wheel to Decode Shakespeare

Paul Anthony Jones

Dr. Orville Ward Owen was so well versed in Shakespeare’s works that he could pinpoint the exact play, act, and scene from which any line given to him was taken.