The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest. What was once cattle feed became an American classic.

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A Short History of Fire Marks, The World’s Hottest Insurance-Related Antiques. They designated which private fire brigade might respond to your burning building.

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Jack Kirby: Comics' Greatest Storyteller. He helped to elevate comic books from child's play to real entertainment.

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The Day van Gogh Cut Off His Ear. Read Paul Gauguin's account of that night and the aftermath.

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What Would Aliens Look Like? Four scientists tell what they expect from real extraterrestrial life.

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11 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to School. One even made a middle-schooler wealthy.

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Why I Miss Antenna TV. With only a couple of channels, you never felt you were missing out.

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11 Gross Things That Could Be On Your Toothbrush. Disinfect that thing—or better yet, replace it.