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50 More Facts About the 50 States

Jason English

Last summer, John Green doled out 50 facts about the 50 states. Today he's back with 50 more!

Super Backups

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Do you remember the Super second-stringers who were just a heartbeat (or anterior cruciate ligament) away from football's biggest stage? How well do you know the men behind the men behind center?

Why Is That Country So ________?

Alvin Ward

The other day we featured a map showing Google autocomplete results for the phrase "why is [state] so..." Thanks to computer scientist Randy Olson, we've got a European version.

Why Does Q (Almost) Always Go With a U?

Arika Okrent

Leaving aside for now the few foreign loanwords (e.g., Qatar, Iraq) where Q shows up without a U, an English Q is the only letter that can't go anywhere without a partner.

5 Questions: "Oma" Gosh

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18 Athletes Going to Sochi Alone

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The Missing Links: Lunch With Dad

Colin Patrick

7 Fun Facts About Martian Dust Devils

Mark Mancini

In addition to sounding like an awesome name for a rock band, Martian dust devils have been intriguing astronomers and climatologists for decades.

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

Lucas Reilly

It was September 27, 1726, and Mary Toft was going into labor. The 24-year-old peasant, who worked in hop fields of rural England, called out for her neighbor, Mary Gill.

How to Shoot Snowballs With a Slingshot

Chris Higgins

10 Celebrities Who Have Weird Relationships With Academia

Meredith Danko

Colleges are notoriously weird; celebrities are equally strange. Sometimes, when the two are combined, magic happens.

Can You Actually Be Bored to Death?

Matt Soniak

Kind of. Boredom won’t directly kill you on its own, but it does make it more likely that a handful of other things will put you six feet under.

5 Questions: Stop "Stall"ing

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The Missing Links: What's With The Helmets?

Colin Patrick

Impossible Figure Skating Moves from the Movies

Jessica Bloustein Marshall

In Hollywood, filmmakers have taken a few liberties on the ice, namely when it comes to some of the technical elements. And the judges are not impressed.

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