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Jewish Christmas Traditions

Miss Cellania

Winter holidays tend to be bigger, brighter, and louder than celebrations during the rest of the year because it's cold and dark, nothing is growing outside, and we need something to cheer us up.

Morning Cup of Links: Our Russian Cousins

Miss Cellania

A finger bone found in Siberia belonged not to a neanderthal, not to a human, but to a previously unknown close relative of both.

At the Libraries: Checking Out Humans

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

The Late Movies: Portlandia

Chris Higgins

Tonight: sketch comedy by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about Portland, Oregon.

The Wicked Bible: Adultery is OK! (Murder still frowned upon)

Stacy Conradt

Looking for a Bible that's a little more lenient? For $90,000, the Wicked Bible (AKA the Adulterous Bible and the Sinners' Bible) could yours.

Better Than Christmas Songs: Melanesian Choral Music

Ransom Riggs

Unless you've lived in the South Pacific or are a big fan of Terrence Malick's war epic The Thin Red Line, which featured a few of these songs, chances are you probably haven't heard a

The Quick 10: Burpy, Hickey, Chesty and Other Alternate Dwarf Names

Stacy Conradt

Can you name all of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?

Dungeons & Drawings

Chris Higgins

If you're a geek of a certain age and inclination, you remember the Monster Manual -- a compendium of monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, including vital statistics (does the monster breathe

Remembering 10 People We Lost in 2010

Mark Juddery

This past year, like every year, many celebrated and significant people left us – an eclectic group, from Alexander Haig to Gary Coleman, from Lynn Redgrave to J.D. Salinger.

Virus Could Extend the Life of Batteries

Jill Harness

The tobacco mosaic virus may be a devastating plant blight that destroys over 125 types of crops, including tomatoes, tobacco and peppers, but it also could increase the lifespan of a typical lithium

Brain Game: Say Hello to Atus

In order to attend to family matters, Brain Games is closing up shop for the rest of 2010.

Morning Cup of Links: The Red Shadow

Miss Cellania

Cahokia, America's Forgotten City. Hundreds of years before St.

mental_floss: Now on Tumblr!

Jason English

We've gotten a lot of requests to get active on Tumblr. OK, two requests. And really, they were just questions.

Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

Ethan Trex

When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character.

The Late Movies: TubaChristmas

Erica Palan

For the last 36 years, tuba (and euphonium) players all over the world have gathered to celebrate the holiday season by playing traditional Christmas tunes together.

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