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The Strangest Job Title Queen Elizabeth I Ever Gave Anyone
A Bad Day on the Links
How the Heart Symbol Got Its Shape
Author Jami Attenberg on What It Means to Be an Adult
Why Polar Bears Would Make Great Spies
Yarn Bombing in Harlem
Birds Use Baby Talk, Just Like Humans
That Crazy Thing Your Dog Does
The Hardest Working Baboon in South Africa
Little Free Pantries
The Strange Reason Snuggies Have Been Spending So Much Time in Court
When the Queen Altered the Changing of the Guard
The Time a Cat Terrified Parliament
When Key West Tried to Secede from the United States... (in the 1980s!)
Australia's Former Prime Minister Had an Unusual Side Gig
When 'Moby Dick' Got an Emoji Translation
Saloon Doors Are Pretty Easy to Sneak Under. So How Did Bartenders Lock Up in the Old West?
How J.R.R. Tolkien Changed the Dictionary
There's a Reason Crayola Doesn't Make This Color
The Chirping of Crickets Can Tell You the Temperature
Wyoming Only Has Two Escalators
Here's What a $3000 Pen Looks Like
Inside the Steinway Piano Factory
George Washington Was Downright Amazing at Naming Dogs
Why is the Ace of Spades So Fancy?
Tips from a Pun Champion
The True Story Behind the Lost Scene From 'The Princess Bride'
Hershey's Chocolate and Hershey's Ice Cream Aren't Related
President Taft's Gigantic Pie Had its Own Security Team
The Truth About Moths and Clothing
Inside a Pickle Factory
The Secret Message Hiding in Lincoln's Pocket Watch
One of the Strangest Customs in Congress
Why B.B. King's Guitar is Called Lucille
How Heroic Alaskan Sled Dog Balto Ended Up in Cleveland
That Time a Chimp Almost Strangled Ronald Reagan
This Guy Holds a Lot of Records!
Beautiful Portraits from Ellis Island
The True Story Behind Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
Pope Francis Used to Work at ... a Nightclub?!
This Ship Did Not Throw Away Its Shot
The Language of Flowers (and Why Carnations Are a No-No)
We're Blown Away by These Pop-Up Cards
A Poet Edited Shakespeare's Plays to Give Them Happy Endings
The Secret Code Hiding in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
Why Boredom is Great For You
Is This the World's Most Elaborate Dollhouse?
This Artist Knits the Most Beautiful Animal "Pelts"
How James Whistler Dealt with his Biggest Critic
"The Shoe That Grows" Helps Barefoot Kids Around the World


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