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Gene Wilder on Wonka, Acting, and His Mother

Chris Higgins

"We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute! Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you." -Willy Wonka

9 Feathery Facts About Peacocks

Jessica Hullinger

iPads May Be Better Than Sedatives for Kids About to Undergo Surgery

Kate Horowitz

Your kid's screen affinity may be a good thing.

For the First Time, Ancient Egyptian Texts Available in Rare English Translations

Shaunacy Ferro

'Writings from Ancient Egypt' will give general readers an unprecedented glimpse into daily life in ancient Egypt.

Why Don't Ants Gain Fat?


If an ant has extra calories, she will share them with her nestmates.

315 Years of the American Slave Trade in 2 Minutes

Shaunacy Ferro

Slate's animated history of the slave ships that crossed the Atlantic with human cargo illuminates the trade's impact on both North and South America.

14 Extreme (And Delicious) Uses For Bacon

Nicole Garner

To get the most out of your bacon, learn to weave it into shapes.

Bea Arthur's Namesake Shelter for Gay Youth to Open by February 2017

Kirstin Fawcett

Arthur left $300,000 to New York City’s Ali Forney Center after her death in 2009.

These Are Monday's Most Amazing 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 29.

What Happened to the Physical Copy of the "I Have a Dream" Speech?

Stacy Conradt

For two decades, it was kept inside of a Harry Truman biography for safekeeping.

14 Captivating Facts About Carnivorous Plants

Rosemary Mosco

These plants bite back.

How the New York DMV Nabs Identity Thieves

Jake Rossen

Some clever new technology is making it even less likely to obtain a driver's license under false pretenses.

Name the Animal in These Expressions

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The Dying Art of Skywriting

Jeff Wells

Everyone loves a message in the clouds, but very few people can make them like they used to.

These Desert Birds Make Jerk Stepdads

Kate Horowitz

Researchers say male southern pied babblers will push their stepsons out of the group while promoting their biological sons.