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Film of San Francisco After the 1906 Earthquake

Chris Higgins

On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco.

How Edgar Allan Poe Got Himself Kicked Out of the Army

Matt Soniak

On January 28, 1831, a court-martial tried a young cadet at the U.S. Military Academy on charges of gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders.

The Missing Links: Songs by Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury

Colin Patrick

13 Houses With Secret Passageways

Stacy Conradt

No matter how old you get, you never outgrow wanting to have a secret passageway or hidden room in your house.

How to Learn English Through Awkward Aerobics in 1992 Japan

Amanda Green

In 1992 in Japan, Fernandez Verde combined English language instruction with awkward aerobic movements to create the early morning TV show Eikaiwa taisō Zuiikin' English.

A Roundup of Sharknado Tribute Art

Miss Cellania

Who Gets the Royalties from "Happy Birthday to You"?

Matt Soniak

As anyone who’s sat through a knock-off birthday anthem in a chain restaurant knows, “Happy Birthday to You” has been under copyright since 1934.

The Coffinmaker

Chris Higgins

Scenes from Vanuatu, the Happiest Place on Earth

Ransom Riggs

Today is the 33rd anniversary of Vanuatu's independence, called by some the happiest place on earth. Back in 2009, Ransom Riggs stopped by to see what all the fuss was about.

16 Amazing Places to Visit Via Google Street View

Roma Panganiban

Since Street View went international in 2008, its portfolio has expanded to include digital postcards of the suburbs, museums, tourist attractions, and natural landmarks in 48 regions and counting.

How to Surf a Volcano

If hurtling down an active volcano at over 50 mph sounds like something you should add to your bucket list, here’s what you need to do.

The Missing Links: Harnessing the Sun With Mirrors

Colin Patrick

The Grammar Rules Behind 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects

Arika Okrent

Here are three examples from three different commonly disparaged dialects that illustrate how dialects have grammar.

The "Best" TV Commercials of the 50s and 60s

Chris Higgins

Can You Actually Cough Up A Lung?

Matt Soniak