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The Origins of 14 Cocktail Names

Paul Anthony Jones

The stories—and theories—behind 14 of your favorite tipples.

A ‘Cloud’ of 1100 Umbrellas Transform Finland's Habitare Design Fair

Michele Debczak

Aerial acrobats performed under the whimsical installation.

This Actor Has Appeared in More Than 1000 Movies

Anna Green

Brahmanandam is a 59-year-old Indian actor who holds the world record for most film roles.

Farms Are Not the Shape You Thought They Were

Shaunacy Ferro

Sixty years ago, Kansas was dotted with rectangular farms. Now they're all circular.

9 Animals That Use Electricity

Kate Horowitz

We all know about the fish-zapping powers of the electric eel, but what about the platypus, the dolphin, or the spider?

A Wasp-Inspired Robot Can Build a Whole House

Shaunacy Ferro

The team behind the world's largest 3D printer believe their technology can be used to shelter those displaced by war or natural disaster.

Ohio's Loveland Castle Was Hand-Built By a Midwestern Medievalist

Maggie Malach

One man's dream to build a 16th century castle came true—just outside of Cincinnati.

Stunning Photographs Show the Changing Arctic Landscape

Rebecca OConnell

Photographer Sebastian Copeland visited the shrinking arctic places in hopes to pay homage to the dying environments and bring awareness before it's too late.

11 Expert Facts About 'Léon: The Professional'

Tara Aquino

The film that launched Natalie Portman's career wouldn't have starred the future Oscar winner at all if her parents had gotten their way.

The Science Behind Super Rare (and Totally Amazing) Volcanic Lightning

Mark Mancini

A "dirty thunderstorm" might sound like a bad cocktail, but it's actually one of nature's most radical events.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

Paper Girls, Jughead, and more.

Want to be a Mermaid? This Spanish Swim School's Got Your Tail

Your dreams of becoming Ariel finally poised for real life.

3D Bone Marrow Model Made from Biosilk Generates Blood Platelets

Jordan Rosenfeld

The implications are enormous for people who suffer from platelet diseases or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Courting Disaster: 24 Ridiculous Lawsuits

Alvin Ward

This week, John Green talks about the time someone sued Subway because their "footlong" sandwich didn't measure up (plus 23 more absurd suits).

15 Delectable Table Manners From History

the mag

A time traveler's guide to mealtime etiquette .