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5 DIY Projects to Defend Your Home From Invaders

William Gurstelle

In Defending Your Castle: Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and more Defensive Devices, William Gurstelle poses the question: Using modern materials and construction techniques,

Why Does “Terrible” Mean Bad and “Terrific” Mean Good?

Arika Okrent

Terrible and terrific are both formed off the same root: terror. Both started out a few hundred years ago with the meaning of terror-inducing.

Galapagos Birds Beat Bloodsuckers with Pesticide-Lined Homes

Matt Soniak

In the 1990s, the fly Philornis downsi was accidentally introduced to the Galapagos Islands, probably in a shipment of fruit.

5 Questions: NATO Alphabet

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WWI Centennial: Irish Troubles

Erik Sass

Happy Towel Day, Hoopy Froods!

Chris Higgins

It's Geek Pride Day...Let Your Geek Flag Fly!

Jamie Spatola

Weekend Links: Inside North Korea

Roma Panganiban

5 Alternative Yard Games You Can Master This Summer

Arallyn Primm

Instead of hauling out the badminton net or the croquet set, try something new this year.

The Most Iconic Food Chain in Each State

Jason English

Do you agree with your state's selection?

Modern Problems: "My doctor tells me I should get a colonoscopy. Is this really necessary?"

AJ Jacobs

DEAR A.J., I’m about to turn 50, and my doctor tells me I should get a colonoscopy. Is this really necessary? It sounds highly unpleasant.—ERICA IN MARYLAND

Your Daily Brain-Soother: Swimming Feather Star

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: The Tiny Titanic

Roma Panganiban

12 Vintage Photos of People Learning to Swim

Erin McCarthy

As you head to the beach or the pool this Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy these excellent historical photos of people taking (or preparing to take) a dip.

The Missing Links: The Hilarious Netflix Bug

Colin Patrick