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Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

Matt Soniak

The onion has been traced back as far as the Bronze Age and was worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians (and eaten by the Israelites during their bondage in Egypt).

What Our Friends (of the Floss) Are Up To

Jason English

Every now and again, we post a quick round-up of what our friends (as determined by their inclusion in our 'Friends of the Floss' list on our homepage) are doing.

Take Your Best $hot: 4 Average Joe Millionaires

Scott Allen

Every night, unsuspecting basketball fans at arenas throughout the country are given a shot "“ or shots "“ at the adulation of thousands and promotional prizes ranging from gift certificates

5 Jaw-dropping Interviews

Ransom Riggs

Often little more than a rote exercise for celebrities on tightly-managed publicity tours, interviews can be the endless talking heads that make people think all documentaries are snooze-fests or fill

Creatively Speaking: Shai Reshef

David K. Israel

A new university is opening its doors this April, and guess what?

Brain Game: "I see smart people."

Thanks for giving today's Brain Game a shot. It's great to see you again! A few years ago, the American Film Institute published a list of the top 100 film quotes of all-time.

Morning Cup of Links: Four-Legged Proto-Whales

Miss Cellania

Fossils of a pregnant four-legged semi-aquatic ancestor of the whale lead scientists to believe they gave birth on land.

The Man Who Ran Away With The Circus: John Steuart Curry

Andréa Fernandes

At the request of reader Meredith Tusha, today's "Feel Art Again" features John Steuart Curry (1897-1946) and his mural "Tragic Prelude." 1.

The Quick 10: 10 Musical Artists Who Died in Plane Crashes

Stacy Conradt

Music fans know today as "The Day the Music Died" because a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper crashed in Iowa, killing them all.

Another Photo Request (With Prizes, Of Course)

Jason English

As our 'readers with celebrities' gallery proves, you guys aren't shy about showing us your pics. So let's go ahead and try another photo challenge.

The Big Mac, The Banana Split & Other Pittsburgh Firsts :-)

Meghan Holohan

On Sunday night, Pittsburghers poured into the streets to celebrate the Steelers' latest championship.

Comics Grammar and Tradition

Chris Higgins

Nate Piekos designs fonts for comics.

5 Celebrity Kidnapping Plots

Ethan Trex

Every kidnapping is a tragedy, but most involve people unfamiliar to the public. Occasionally, though, there are celebrity kidnappings on par with the Lindbergh baby and Patricia Hearst.

Great High School Documentaries

Ransom Riggs

In the old days, many of the great documentaries were about hardship in exotic lands (Nanook of the North) or deeply significant world events (Night and Fog, Triumph of the Will).

The Day the Music Died

Miss Cellania

Fifty years ago today, a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four people aboard. They were pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P.

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