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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

The Science of Spit

Luba Ostashevsky

Your spit can tell you much more about your health than whether you should be flossing.

Artist's Hand-Hewn Ceramic Mugs Resemble Cardboard

Kirstin Fawcett

"Pathetic, absurd, antiquated, banal or even garbage are words that best describe the objects I am drawn to," artist Tim Kowalczyk says.

Relax With a Video Visit to Kew Gardens (in 1942)

Chris Higgins

From the future cinematographer of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Watch the Relaxing Process of Creating Traditional Japanese Dolls

Rebecca OConnell

Watch dolls emerge from pools of thick, red paint.

9 Phrases the Cubs Gave Baseball

Arika Okrent

Cubs win! Cubs win!

Can You Name All of Tom Hanks' Jobs?

Take the quiz!

How Do Blind People Find Braille Signs?

Chris Higgins

It's actually pretty simple.

“Neither Snow nor Rain ..." Isn't the USPS Motto

Erin Blakemore

It was actually written about another set of postal workers from 500 B.C.E.

Don't Miss This Weekend's Best 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, October 22.

What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?

Matt Soniak

The term was first applied to people, not pumpkins.

What Makes Chewing Gum Chewy?

Chris Higgins

"What the hell is in gum that makes it so magical?" -Chemist George Zaidan

The Best Wines to Pair With Your Halloween Candy

Shaunacy Ferro

If you're gonna go to town on that pack of SweeTARTS, you should grab a Riesling.

Marie Connolly Owens, America's First Female Police Officer

Livius Drusus

The Team That Boycotted the World Series

Mark Mancini

Calling off the World Series was a two-man job.