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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

Hannah Keyser

Get ready to celebrate a month full of quirky holidays—not just Independence Day—in classic summer style.

What Exactly Is Canada Day?

Miss Cellania

Here's how to celebrate.

A Brief History of Poutine

Sean Hutchinson

Walk down a street after a hard night of drinking in Montréal and you’d be hard-pressed not seeing someone gorging themselves on poutine, a high-calorie classic staple of Québécois casse-croûtes—or “g

How a Lying Plant Steals from a Thieving Fly

Matt Soniak

The smearwort (Aristolochia rotunda) dupes fruit flies into entering its flowers and then traps them there, getting pollinated without offering any reward.

11 Insane Aquatic Toys You Can Buy

Erin McCarthy

Forget pool noodles and squirt guns—these aquatic accessories will help take your water activities to the next level (provided you can afford them...).

Honeybees Trained to Sniff Out Drugs

Jessica Hullinger

This might kill your buzz.

Zurich Students Create a Wheelchair That Can Climb Stairs

Yelena Melnichenko

Read a Publisher’s Rejection Letter to Gertrude Stein

Caitlin Schneider

In 1912, Gertrude Stein received a mocking (and admittedly clever) rejection letter from London-based publisher Alfred C. Fifield.

26 Breathtaking Pictures of Abandoned and Forgotten Places

Rebecca OConnell

What Differentiates Human Drummers From Machines? Fractals.

Hannah Keyser

A pair of studies shows human musicians make errors that form fractal patterns, which appeal to the listener.

This Artist's Pottery Is Just One Inch Tall

Yelena Melnichenko

Like any other potter, Jon Almeda makes vases, bowls, and more. His just happen to be teeny-tiny.

'Alice in Wonderland'-esque Library Slowly Disappears Into Darkness

Rebecca OConnell

Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg has built a library that falls into the ground like a rabbit hole. Luckily, glass covered the top to prevent any bibliophiles from falling in.

14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Spaceballs'

Jake Rossen

May the Schwartz be with you.

How A Newborn Baby Sees Facial Expressions

Hannah Keyser

A new study suggests infants can recognize facial expressions, up to a certain distance.

The Many Ways to Deflect an Asteroid

Caitlin Schneider

In a new video, a curator from the American Museum of Natural History discusses scientists' ideas for saving Earth from a potentially harmful asteroid impact.

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