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The Secret History of the Pencil

the mag

And why you should thank Henry David Thoreau for the No. 2.

25 Colloquial British Terms for Describing the Natural World

Caitlin Schneider

Morning Cup of Links: Cat People are Awesome

Miss Cellania

Explore a Room of Skulls With Google Street View

Rebecca OConnell

7 Things You May Not Know About ‘Matilda’

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

5 Questions: Keeping It Legal

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14 Explosive Facts About ‘Doom’

Janet Burns

If you spent a fair bit of December 1993 onward blasting hellspawn, you might know a thing or two about Doom and its sequels.

Beyond Plumbing: 19 Other Jobs on Mario's Resume

With so many jobs under his belt, we thought Mario could use an update to his resume.

Hodor's Most Spoken Words in 'Game of Thrones'

Fall of the South: Lee Surrenders

Erik Sass

We're covering the final days of the Civil War exactly 150 years later.

5 Awesome (and Occasionally Terrifying) Marine Worms

Erin McCarthy

6 Reasons the Past Was a Really Smelly Place

AJ Jacobs the mag

The past was putrid.

Sideways Stories From the Real Wayside School

Stacy Conradt

9 Adorable Facts About Hummingbirds

Kate Horowitz

For speed, performance, and impressing the ladies, you just can’t beat a hummingbird.

8 Complaints About the Prom From 60 Years Ago

Sonia Weiser

Grievances from the days of yore.