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Show & Tell: Calvin Coolidge’s Electric Exercise Horse

Erin Blakemore

"Silent Cal" rode it three times a day for fitness—and fun.

This Silicone Cone Helps Keep Your Kitchen Splatter-Free

Kirstin Fawcett

For when your love of bacon knows no bounds—but you'd like it if the excess grease did.

Get Your Coffee Fix With the Help of an R2-D2 French Press

Rebecca OConnell

The droid can make up to four cups of coffee at a time—enough for Leia, Luke, Han, and Chewie.

Is It Possible to Have Lightning But No Thunder?

Dennis Mersereau

Forget everything you thought you knew about "heat lightning."

The Doctor Who Designed a Cipher Wheel to Decode Shakespeare

Paul Anthony Jones

Dr. Orville Ward Owen was so well versed in Shakespeare’s works that he could pinpoint the exact play, act, and scene from which any line given to him was taken.

Vegans Petition to Rename Non-Dairy Cheese "Gary"

Anna Green

Can we offer anyone a grilled Gary sandwich?

8 Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Kate Rockwood

Missing a payment is an obvious no-no, but some credit card mistakes are easier to miss.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Odd news items from all over.

Collector Buys Christian Bale’s Batsuit for $250,000

Anna Green

An anonymous private collector recently purchased Christian Bale's Batsuit at an auction held by The Prop Store.

Celebrate Friday With These Terrific 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, September 30.

$1.65 Million Chess Set Recreates Battle of Issus

Michele Debczak

The pieces depict Athena, King Darius III, and Alexander the Great.

Stolen Van Goghs Found After 14 Years

Jake Rossen

One of the biggest art crimes in recent memory has been solved.

8 Tasty Facts About Dave & Buster's

Jake Rossen

The food-and-games franchise once let players take a ride in an electric chair.

Retrobituary: Raymond Scott, Avant-Garde Creator of Classic Cartoon Music

Jay Serafino

The man who gave Looney Tunes their sound was an eccentric electronic music pioneer.