Haley Sweetland Edwards

6 of the Oldest Trees in the World
The World's Immediate Response to 9/11
Foreign Words With No English Equivalent
The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)
11 Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else
A Brief History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo
It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders
Why Do They Call It Trinidad AND Tobago?
7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling
A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space
Test-Tube-to-Table: 11 Up-and-Coming Genetically Engineered Animals
11 Obscure Regional Phrases We All Should Start Using
11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages
19 Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately
40 Years Ago, Iran Was Hit by the Deadliest Blizzard in History
10 Other Organizations "Without Borders"
6 Hugely Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else
Mitt Romney Doesn't Have George Washington Money
Do Presidential Candidates Always Release Their Tax Returns? (Also: A Photo of Mitt Romney Holding Dino Flintstone)
Happy 20th Birthday, Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan!
The Soviet Union Was Dissolved 20 Years Ago Today
Black and Blue Friday: Violent and Crazy Moments in Holiday Shopping
7 Giant Fences Dividing Good Neighbors
What Happened When Turkmenistan's President for Life Died?
What Defects the FDA Allows in 11 Types of Food
6 Comic Con-troversies
Is Superman a Democrat? On Politics and Superheroes
14 More Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent
From NASCAR Drivers to William Faulkner: A Brief History of Snubbing the President
Why Does Muammar Qaddafi Own a Mansion in New Jersey?
Folk Remedies From Around the World
What Does a Poet Laureate Actually Do?
From North Korean Waitresses to American Bridesmaids: The Wide World of Compulsory Plastic Surgery
5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired
5 More Animals That Romped Through New York
Companion Animals: 5 Tales of Friendship From the Animal Kingdom
Don't "Chai" and "Tea" Both Mean the Same Thing?
7 of the World's Craziest Roads
Why Are Gossipy Newspapers Called "Tabloids"?
What It Takes to Be a Nation
8 Candidates for the Next New Nation
Coming to America: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana's First Visits
7 Different Ways to Say Hello
The Quick 10: Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Trivia About Bikinis
4 Million Bananas: Wal-Mart by the Numbers
What's Going on in Yemen?


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