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Our 25 Most Popular Stories of 2013 (So Far)

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Now that we've passed the halfway point of 2013, let’s look back at the most popular stories on from the last six months.

1. 45 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day, by Jason English

2. 38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English, by Bill DeMain, Haley Sweetland Edwards, and Romy Oltuski

3. 10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk, by Jacob Tomsky

4. The Faces Behind 31 Disney Villains, by Stacy Conradt

5. 11 Stephen Hawking Quotes for His 71st Birthday, by Erin McCarthy

6. 8 Crazy Conspiracy Theories (and What They Get Right), by Lucas Reilly

7. 14 Words That Are Their Own Opposites, by Judy Herman

8. 11 Common Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing, by Amanda Green

9. 11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti, by Mark Mancini

10. 10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated, by Stacy Conradt

11. 11 Things We No Longer See in Airplanes, by Kara Kovalchik

12. 12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms, by Arika Okrent

13. 30 Things Turning 30 This Year, by Adrienne Crezo and Chris Higgins

14. 11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!, by Kara Kovalchik

15. 8 Things You Might Not Know About Nutella, by Jessica Bloustein Marshall

16. 20 Jurassic Park Facts 20 Years Later, by Sean Hutchinson

17. 10 of History’s Most Expensive Typos, by Jennifer M. Wood

18. 9 Houses Built Just for Spite, by Virginia McGuire

19. What the Internet Looked Like in 1995, by Chris Higgins

20. The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars, by Arika Okrent

21. 20 Words We Owe to Shakespeare, by Roma Panganiban

22. How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection, by Jed Lipinski

23. 18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Very Simply, by Arika Okrent

24. 15 Temporarily Banned Episodes of Popular TV Shows, by Kathleen Elise

25. 9 Little Translation Mistakes That Caused Big Problems, by Arika Okrent