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Why Are People Ashamed of Being Naked?

Ransom Riggs

Genesis tells us about the moment humans first "realized" they were naked, quickly followed by the moment they were first ashamed of being naked -- but it doesn't explain why humans wer

Rain: Who owns it? - How 4 states see it

David K. Israel

As water becomes harder and harder to find, especially in places like Arizona, New Mexico and California, new communities going up these days are being planned with rain water collectors for each home

Morning Cup of Links: Horrible Tattoos

Miss Cellania

The brainstorming sessions among George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Steven Spielberg that led to Raiders of the Lost Ark are now available for your reading pleasure.

Titanic Hero: Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr.

Andréa Fernandes

Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr., (1856-1937) would have celebrated his 153rd birthday this past Sunday.

Crazy Things The Brits Will Bet On

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Britons, it appears, will bet on anything, from whether it'll snow on Christmas to the outcome of the American presidential election, to not only whether Kate Winslet would win an Oscar this year

The 5pm Quiz: Name That Font

Sara Newton

When Helvetica turned 50 in 2007, it was honored with the release of an eponymous independent documentary film.

The Quick 10: 10 Girl Scout Cookie Crumbs

Stacy Conradt

Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies straight from the freezer"¦ is there anything better than that? I'm kind of salivating a little bit just thinking about them. Mmm.

A Semi-Charmed Life

Chris Higgins

After Layng Martine Jr.'s wife Linda was rendered paraplegic by a car accident, the couple had to adapt. Linda was a marathon runner, tennis player, and hiker.

Museums of the Mundane

Brenna Ehrlich

We are obsessed with chronicling history—immortalizing the past behind glass in a bevy of beguiling museums.

Neoclassical Nuttiness—or Why Art and Politics Don't Mix

Special Guest Star

This week we're lucky to have guest blogger Elizabeth Lunday, author of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors, spilling the dirt on

Be Amazing: Control the Weather

Be Amazing

Whether you're looking to start your own religion, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, perform your own surgeries, or become a ninja, our new book Be Am

7 Brilliant and/or Baffling Flowcharts

Miss Cellania

In the 2007 post Fun with Flowcharts, we took a look at flowcharts and how people use them to explain widely varying processes from playing the pan flute to a dog's inner thoughts.

Brain Game: The Great Divide

If it helps, a "natural number" in this context is any positive integer.

Solve the mystery and score some Charles Todd

David K. Israel

Yesterday's Creatively Speaking interview with Charles Todd can be found right over yonder.

Morning Cup of Links: Pet AT-AT

Miss Cellania

A recently identified portrait of William Shakespeare, if genuine, would be the only true likeness we have of The Bard. And it looks better than you'd expect.

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