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What Was the World's First Internet Purchase?

Kirstin Fawcett

Weed, a CD, a pizza, and groceries were the likely candidates.

A Visual Guide to Eating Sushi in Japan

Michele Debczak

Avoid a major sushi faux pas during your next trip to Japan.

9 Floppy Facts About Basset Hounds

Rebecca OConnell

Don't let their droopy looks fool you: There's more to this noble breed than meets the eye.

Caresse Crosby, Brazen Inventor of the Brassiere

Kristy Puchko

Changing the shape of the modern woman was just the beginning.

See How Yearbook Photos Have Evolved Over the Past Century

Michele Debczak

Nearly 40,000 yearbook pictures, some dating back to 1905, show us how everything from smiles to hairstyles have changed.

11 Better Gifts for the Tech-Lover on Your List

Need to do some shopping for a loved one who always has the most cutting-edge gadgets and tech? Don’t be intimidated—here’s everything you need to wow them this year.

Water Bear Genome Reveals Even More Weirdness

Kate Horowitz

The microscopic animal’s DNA includes genes borrowed from bacteria, fungi, and plants.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals We’ve Found (Updating)

Alvin Ward

Are you frantically searching for the best Cyber Monday deals? So are we. Here’s what we’ve turned up so far, but we’ll keep updating throughout the day as we find new bargains and discounts.

17 Facts About 'Misery' On Its 25th Anniversary

Roger Cormier

It's been a quarter-century since we met Paul Sheldon's number one fan.

What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, and Preserves?

Rebecca OConnell

Mars Could One Day Have a Ring Like Saturn

Michele Debczak

The red planet's largest moon may eventually crumble into a ring of debris.

Meet the Man Who's Paid to Sniff Out Bad Smells

Kirstin Fawcett

Ned Ostojic hunts down odors and brainstorms how to get rid of them.

10 Incredible Forests You Can Visit

Kristy Puchko

Whether boasting century-old trees, flaunting vibrant foliage, or harboring dark folklore, each one is a natural marvel.

The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence

Lucas Reilly

Thomas Edison once said, “An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain."

The Real-Life Criminal Who Inspired Charles Dickens

Paul Anthony Jones

In the case of Ikey Solomon, the real life tale trumps fiction.