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Grinding Peanut M&Ms in Extreme Slo-Mo

Chris Higgins

The Most Popular Baby Names by State

Jason English

Today's maps look at each state's most popular baby name, per Social Security Administration data.

4 Good Reasons Why People Say “I Could Care Less”

Arika Okrent

It turns out, there are a number of things about English that conspire to make “I could care less” a less irrational phrase than it might seem.

How the Akron RubberDucks Got Their Name

Hannah Keyser

From now until Opening Day, we'll be taking a look at the stories behind some of the greatest team names in Minor League Baseball.

Why Do We Call Parrots "Polly"?

Kara Kovalchik

The generic name “Pol” for a parrot can be traced back to England since at least the early 1600s.

Making Clothes from Microbes

the mag

With her "biocouture" fashion line, Suzanne Lee is growing the clothes of tomorrow in a lab.

Morning Cup of Links: Extreme Animal Migrations

Miss Cellania

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Kids Explaining Computers in 1984

Chris Higgins

So what is a computer? Let's ask some kids on Sesame Street in 1984.

3 Sneaky Chemical Tricks Used by Animals

Matt Soniak

These critters are sneaky!

Adorably Perplexed Kids React to Rotary Phones

Erin McCarthy

If you are a person of a certain age, you remember what it was like to use a rotary phone—the slow process of dialing, the weird clicking sound the wheel made. These kids are too young for that.

12 Members of the EGOT Winner’s Circle

Jennifer M Wood

When Robert Lopez won last night for Best Original Song, he became the 12th person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Here's the full list.

The Missing Links: The Doctor's Alphabet

Colin Patrick

15 More Original Locations of Famous Fast Food Chains

Alex Watt

Last month, we took you on a tour of the original locations of famous fast food chains around the country. We found 15 more spots for the burger and fry tourists out there.

The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country

Jason English

The most common surnames in the United States are Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, and Jones. For Europe, let's look at this map created by Reddit user Teepr.

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