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10 Easy-to-Grow Plants for First-Time Gardeners

Mark Mancini

You won't need a green thumb to take care of these tough plants.

You're Going to Lose it Over Thursday's Amazon Deals

Smart Shopping Team

From the Smart Shopping Team...

World Capitals

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10 Surprising Facts About Christopher Walken

Kristin Hunt

2. He worked as a lion tamer.

Math and Nature Inspired This Artist's Mesmerizing Spiral Sculptures

Michele Debczak

John Edmark’s "Blooms" use a common angle found in the natural world.

Scientists Decode the Secret of Glowing Mushrooms

Kate Horowitz

Unsurprisingly, it's weird.

6 Children Who Famously Followed in Their Parents' Footsteps

Jeff Wells

These apples didn't fall far from the tree, professionally speaking.

Morning Cup of Links: The Journal of the Whills

Miss Cellania

We've got the links you need to start your day right!

Why Do Our Bodies Need Electrolytes?

Kirstin Fawcett

Find out what they are, the role they play in our bodies, and whether electrolyte-packed drinks like Gatorade are really all they're cracked up to be.

5 Questions: Still Capital-izing

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How a Pelican Survives a 40-Foot Drop Into the Ocean With No Broken Bones

Shaunacy Ferro

It's more dangerous than it looks.

Nike and Converse Team Up to Give Chuck Taylors a Makeover

Rebecca OConnell

They're on sale today.

The Shakespeare Fraud That Tricked Late 18th Century London

Paul Anthony Jones

In the 1790s, a teenager fooled London into thinking he was Shakespeare.

JFK's Wartime Diary Sells for $718,750

Jake Rossen

The 61-page document contains thoughts on Stalin, Hitler, and Kennedy's political ambitions.

Watch How Neon Lights Are Made

Mental Floss Studios

It's an illuminating marriage of chemistry and craftsmanship.