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47 More Words That Sound Rude (But Actually Aren’t)

Paul Anthony Jones

These words sound a lot more suspect than their fairly mundane meanings might suggest.

This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like

Erin Blakemore

Anne Frank was captured by the Nazis on this date in 1944.

The History (and Many Looks) of the Penguin Books Logo

Caitlin Schneider

A look back at the many transformations of one of the most recognizable mascots in the world.

25 Fascinating Facts About Dreams

Alvin Ward

John Green breaks down some little-known facts about what happens to our brains in la-la land.

6 DohVinci Interpretations of Classic Works of Art

Hayley Harding

In honor of Art Appreciation Month, the artistic wizards at Hasbro have recreated famous masterpieces out of a classroom staple.

Stunt Rider Catches Tahitian Waves On His Dirt Bike

Yelena Melnichenko

After three years of prep, Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison was in for the ride of his life.

How to Beautify Bee Specimens For Museum Display

Hannah Keyser

Before they can reside in the American Museum of Natural History's research collection, bee specimens must be properly prepped and preserved.

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Shaunacy Ferro

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6 Perfectly Arranged Facts About Martha Stewart

Ethan Trex

On the occasion of her 74th birthday, here are a few things you might not know about the domestic diva.

Why Do All Memes Use the Same Typeface?

Shaunacy Ferro

Impact was once distributed as part of Microsoft's core selection of web fonts.

That Time When Victorians Contracted Fern Fever

Erin Blakemore

Pteridomania was a fearsome ailment. Symptoms caused women to swoon, fall off of cliffs and entire species to fall into endangered status.

Google Street View Cars Are Collecting Pollution Data

Shaunacy Ferro

The company has completed a pilot of a car-based sensor system in Denver and is moving on to San Francisco.

15 Punchy Facts About ‘Raging Bull’

Eric D Snider

Martin Scorsese’s gloriously gritty boxing film fought its way into theaters 35 years ago.

Chimps Eat Clay In Order to "Detox"

Hannah Keyser

This behavior could shed light on the origins of a troubling disorder known as pica.

Explore Google's Interactive Periodic Table

Caitlin Schneider

See how the elements in your body compare to those of the sun, the earth's crust, and the sea.