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Pig Parts are in Bullets, Artificial Hearts, and Cigarettes

Chris Higgins

Christien Meindertsma followed an individual pig through its life and death, to see where all the parts of the pig ended up.

Dietribes: Raspberries

Allison Keene

• First thing's first: a raspberry is a bramble, or any plant belonging to the fierce-sounding genus Rubus. Raspberries are cousins with other bramble fruits, including blackberries.

History of the U.S.: Ladies Love George Washington

Stacy Conradt

Washington wasn’t always the old, white-haired patriarchal Founding Father we know and love. At six feet three inches, the young Washington had the ladies of pre-Revolutionary Virginia swooning.

7 Little-Known Muppets

David K. Israel

Sure, you know the Swedish Chef, Kermit, Miss Piggy and Beaker. Who doesn’t? But what about some of the more obscure Muppets?

Mighty Microbes: 4 Little Creatures that Pack a Big Scientific Punch

the mag

By Maggie Koerth-Baker Economists do it with spreadsheets and charts. Architects favor balsa wood. But when a biologist needs a model, it's gotta be alive.

Brain Game: Five-by-Five #3

Five-by-Five puzzles aren't difficult, they're just an exercise for the noggin. Enjoy! Place the following words into a 5 × 5 grid so that they link together.

Scientists Who Can Sing

Ransom Riggs

Well, not really -- they've been autotuned by a talented Youtuber called Melodysheep, who's made a number of great, toe-tapping videos that make you think, like this one, in which a number o

Morning Cup of Links: The Talking Tree

Miss Cellania

Families in Afghanistan who don't have a son will sometimes dress a daughter up as a boy.

The Number of the Day: 30

Andréa Fernandes

Of the world's 40,000 spider species, only about 30 have venom that causes illness in humans. Related Link: For the next couple weeks, we'll be pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautif

The 15 Best Miniature Golf Courses

Jill Harness

I have always been terrible at miniature golf because I have a bad habit of hitting way too hard.

The Late Movies: Stop Motion, part 1

Andréa Fernandes

Stop motion videos are no longer confined to the realm of claymation kids movies—it's an increasingly popular method for music videos, commercials, real-world reenactments of video games, and mor

The Quick 6: Six Unit Conversion Disasters

Stacy Conradt

Think you had a bad day at work? At least you didn't lose equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars (at least, I'm assuming you didn't).

You CAN Take It With You

Colin Patrick

The Chinese have a tradition of honoring and caring for their dead by burning symbols which represent the person’s worldly possessions.

Become a Part of Your Favorite Album

Jill Harness

Talk about sealing your record. A new company is offering music lovers the opportunity to have their ashes pressed into a copy of their favorite record.

Jim Henson Makes Muppets (Video, 1969)

Chris Higgins

This delightful 15-minute video features a young Jim Henson explaining puppet-making (and thus Muppet-making) in 1969. This was made before Sesame Street went on the air later that year.

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