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"The Botany of Desire" Documentary, TONIGHT at 8pm on PBS

Chris Higgins

Update: the entire documentary is now available online for free! A new PBS* documentary, The Botany of Desire, premieres Wednesday night (tonight!) at 8pm on PBS stations throughout the US.

Watercooler Ammo, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

If you like random facts and micro-blogging, do we have something for you! Over on Twitter, we're pumping out amazing facts, 140 characters at a time.

The New Issue is Out (and it's twice as shiny as before!)

Mangesh & Jason

The new issue is finally (FINALLY!) on newsstands, and we're so excited to talk about it.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Ransom Riggs

It's been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Ro

Brain Game: Ceramic Dog

Wheel of Fortune was one of my favorite game shows for years; I remember watching it back in the 1970s, when Chuck Woolery was the host (and one of the regular prizes was a large ceramic dog).

Morning Cup of Links: Ossuaries and Other Creepy Places

Miss Cellania

How Do Vaccines Work and Are They Dangerous?

Scandalous Academician: Mary Moser

Andréa Fernandes

Mary Moser (1744-1819) was "one of the most celebrated women artists of 18th-century Britain," yet today she's mostly overlooked.

The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names

Scott Allen

The Hornets were supposed to be the Spirit, while the Grizzlies were almost named the Mounties.

Who Invented the Phillie Phanatic?

Ethan Trex

In the late 1970s, the Phillies' mascots were two 18th-century siblings named Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phyllis, but the duo did little to attract families wary of Veterans' Stadium

Turn of the Century: Old Photos

Chris Higgins

Here's a lovely blog consisting simply of old photos, advertisements, paintings, and such: Turn of the Century.

The Royal Disease

Meghan Holohan

During the winter of 1884, Queen Victoria's youngest son, Prince Leopold, was convalescing in France. While there, he slipped and fell and couldn't stop bleeding.

motionbox.com presents: HDYK? - {day 1}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and now, a major sponsor! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are thrilled to announce that How Did You Know?

5 Scary Places and the Legends Behind Them

Miss Cellania

There are more haunted places and scary stories around the world than you can shake a stick at. Here are a few you might not be familiar with already. The Haunted

The Origins of 7 Department Store Chains

Ethan Trex

You can't set foot in a mall without hearing one of their names, but the stories behind the men and women who founded department stores aren't often part of our food court conversations.

Rainbows in Extreme Storms

Jill Harness

We may be used to seeing rainbows during drizzles, but rainbows paired with lightening or tornadoes are a whole different story.

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