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Remembering the First Smart Toy: 2-XL

Jake Rossen

The sassy robot quizzed users with multiple choice questions stored on 8-track cassettes.

TripAdvisor to Cease Selling Tickets to Unethical Wildlife Attractions

Kirstin Fawcett

The attractions sometimes drug, beat, or isolate animals into submission.

Thursday's Amazon Deals You Can't Miss

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 13.

Name the First Word of Each Song Title

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Oldest Evidence of Birds’ Voice Box Found in Antarctica

Shaunacy Ferro

It's at least 66 million years old—significantly older than any syrinx fossil evidence found before.

How Your Gym Might Be Holding You Back

Jake Rossen

If you find yourself uncomfortable at your local sweat box, there might be a few good reasons why.

Barbershop Offers Discounts to Young Clients Who Read Out Loud

Michele Debczak

Reading a book to the barber trims $2 off the bill.

13 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Dog Walkers

Suzanne Raga

It's not always a walk in the park.

Life-Size Graphite Skeleton Draws Itself Into Oblivion

Kate Horowitz

Artist Agelio Batle’s “Ash Dancer” will eventually vanish like the lead of a person-shaped pencil.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Shaunacy Ferro

An American hasn’t won the world’s most prestigious writing prize since 1993.

Monumental Scholarly Dictionary of Slang Is Now Online

Arika Okrent

This week, with the launching of Green's Dictionary of Slang Online, it's become a whole lot easier to dig into the fascinating, long history of English slang.

12 Facts About ‘The Secret of NIMH’

Eric D Snider

5. The movie only tells us once what "NIMH" means.

The Long, Sweet History of Marshmallows

Jeff Wells

Ancient Egyptians combined marshmallow sap with nuts and honey, and the dish was reserved for nobility. The gods were supposedly big fans, as well.

18 Spooky Halloween Sayings From Around the U.S.

Angela Tung

Use these terms to confuse and delight your fellow trick or treaters.

The Government Is Buying Up $20 Million Worth of Excess Cheese

Rebecca OConnell

That's a lot of cheddar.