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The Weird Week in review

Miss Cellania

Strange news from all over.

National Parks Are More Popular Than Ever

Michele Debczak

Visitation is at an all-time high ahead of the centennial.

Infographic: America's Top Spelling Mistakes

Anna Green

This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee champs spelled words like “Feldenkrais” and “Mischprache," but it turns out most Americans are struggling with considerably simpler words.

This Zipper Lets You Know When Your Fly is Down

Jake Rossen

Finally, a pair of pants that will look out for you.

France's Newest Museum Is Devoted to Wine

Jake Rossen

Now you can drink while learning about drinking.

Microsoft Is Banning the Most Commonly Used Passwords

Andrew LaSane

It's time to think of something a bit harder than "123456" or "password."

12 BBQ Tricks and Tips from Pitmasters

Rebecca Pahle

Break out your tongs and hone your skills with these barbecue tips from the experts.

Researcher Maps the Devastation of the Black Plague Using Broken Pottery

Kate Horowitz

A survey of 12th- to 16th-century litter reveals an "eye-watering" drop in the population.

The Best Amazon Deals We Could Find Today, May 27

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, May 27.

What Would You Sacrifice for a Better Work-Life Balance?

Kate Rockwood

Would you rather live without your phone for a year of have your HR director move in with you?

12 Intriguing (and Occasionally Bizarre) Harry Potter Fan Theories

Roma Panganiban

Some of these conjectures seem shockingly plausible, fitting perfectly within the events of the seven-book series and providing answers where Rowling’s original text has not; others are, to be blunt,

The Rare Asian Arowana Fish Can Cost Up to $150,000

Anna Green

People have even been murdered over the rare fish.

The Real People Who Inspired 5 Comic Book Characters

Rudie Obias

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a real person.

When it Comes to Dating, Does Having a 'Wingman' Actually Help?

Kate Horowitz

It works for birds.

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