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The Origins of 6 Great American Songs

Ethan Trex

Every school-aged kid learns that Francis Scott Key penned the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" while watching the British navy pound Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

What Makes a City "Liveable"?

Ransom Riggs

I just got back from five days in Oregon, mostly in Portland (AKA Stumptown, Bridgetown, the City of Roses, the Metropolis of Aggressively Bohemian Baristas) -- a place I lived for ten months seven ye

The Queen Owns The Swans (And Other Swan Stories)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, at least when it comes to the British monarchy: In addition to being the reigning queen of 16 Commonwealth realms and the Paramount Chief of Fiji, engaging i

Presidential Gifts on CNN.com

Jason English

Scott Allen's article on weird presidential gifts is climbing the Most Popular chart on CNN.com (currently at #7).

How Did You Know Dawn Lester and Patrick Mooney?

David K. Israel

I'm happy to announce a winner to our last How Did You Know? 5-day trivia hunt. Please meet Dawn Lester and Patrick Mooney from St.

No Politics Allowed: Health Care

Jenny Drapkin

Two things in life are inevitable—birth and death—and they both fall in the domain of the health care system.

Creatively Speaking: GoodSearch's Ken Ramberg

David K. Israel

In 1988, before the Internet was widely available to college students, Ken Ramberg and his mother Connie, founded a service called JobTRAK.

7 More Mysterious Ape-men

Miss Cellania

When I began to research cryptid apelike creatures from around the world, I was amazed at how many there were, from almost every corner of the earth.

Brain Game: Two Boys

Today's Brain Game is a riddle. The solution doesn't involve any real trickery; just a keen mind and careful reading.

Morning Cup of Links: Choose an Apocalypse

Miss Cellania

After Combat, Victims of an Inner War.

How Did You Know? - {day 5}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and collaborators! First, the prizes: In addition to the usual $100 and $50 gift certificates to our store for the fir

The 5pm Quizzes: Saved by the Bell

Brett Savage

Although the show may have (some) shortcomings, and (many) detractors, it has become such a phenomenal cult hit that it has inspired multiple syndication deals on numerous networks and countless Hallo

The Quick 10: 10 Fulbright Scholars

Stacy Conradt

It was August 1, 1946, that then-President Harry Truman signed the Fulbright Program into law. Suggested by Senator J.

Where's Waldo? And Who's Wally?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Since I moved to London, I've gotten used to things being just a bit different: Sure, there's the whole accent thing and the driving on the other side of the road and the insertion of u'

The White House Gift Guide: 13 Unique Presidential Gifts

Scott Allen

President Barack Obama turns 48 on Tuesday.