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10 Classrooms (Almost) Too Cool for School

Jake Rossen

Fact: Test scores improve when your teacher is dressed like a Starfleet Commander.

What English Sounds Like to Non-English Speakers

Mental Floss UK

A new short film illustrates the difficulty of understanding English if you don't understand English!

The 93-Year-Old Man Who Saved His Village With Art

Anna Green

They call him the "Rainbow Grandpa"

Mexico's Conarte Library Gets a New Dome Shaped Bookshelf You Can Sit In

Rebecca OConnell

For those who wish to be cocooned in books, there is a special book shelf in Monterrey, Mexico just for you.

Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive

The Long Road to Ramen

the mag

How a politcal symbol became a dorm-room staple

13 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate In September

Hannah Keyser

Even after Labor Day has come and gone, there is still plenty to celebrate this month.

This German Website Helps Refugees Find Housing

Kirstin Fawcett

Individuals seeking asylum are matched with potential roommates so they won't have to live in a crowded camp.

50 Famous Misquotations (and What Was Really Said)

Meredith Danko

Sorry Tumblr: Marilyn Monroe probably didn't say that.

11 Things You Might Not Know About the International Space Station

The International Space Station is one of the most significant scientific achievements of our time—here are 11 reasons why it's so special.

Kids With Four-Day School Weeks Score Better in Math, Study Suggests

Kirstin Fawcett

Shorter school weeks help cut overhead costs. But how do they affect kids?

4 Businesses That Are Still Making Things the Old-Fashioned Way

Anna Green

These artisans and small companies prove that they do, in fact, make 'em like this anymore.

“Share the Road” Signs Are Too Vague, Study Finds

Shaunacy Ferro

Drivers are more likely to give cyclists leeway if the signs say something like “Bicycles May Use Full Lane.”

When Did We Stop Using 'O'?

Michele Debczak

What was once literature's favorite exclamation is now as dead as the Romantic poets who used it.

Sick Ants Take Medicine, Too

Shaunacy Ferro

University of Helsinki researchers find that some ants seek out foods that fight infection.