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Ancient Green Beer Contained Antibiotics

Meghan Holohan

Alexander Fleming's dodgy cleaning habits helped him discover penicillin in 1928. The bacteriologist was cleaning Petri dishes when he noticed mold growing on staphylococcus (staph) bacteria.

Mexico City Tourism Video is Actually Terrific

Chris Higgins

Here's a visual treat for your Friday afternoon: a video designed to promote tourism in Mexico City, that's actually beautifully shot, and a joy to watch.

Woody's Winners, NFL Week 4

NFL WEEK FOUR: A 9-7 record in Week 3 is good but not great, but I'm tickled that two of my three upset picks (Seattle and Chicago) came through. A third in Oakland ended up sailing wide left.

Neatorama presents: HDYK? - {day 4}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know?

Meet the Birmingham Office

Jason English

Founding _flosser Will Pearson recently sat down with the good people at Birmingham Weekly to discuss the past, present and future of mental_floss.

History of the U.S.: The Wizard of OSS

Stacy Conradt

At FDR’s request, Major General William Joseph Donovan formed the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) at the height of World War II.

What's a Word That You Invented?

Brett Savage

Every Friday, we post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Sperm Warfare (Or: Why it Takes 1 Billion Sperm to Make One Zygote)

Matt Soniak

The average man produces roughly 525 billion sperm cells over his lifetime and releases, in one way or another, more than one billion of them per month and anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion in a

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Two Arrested for Bike and Fence Theft You have to admit you would have been suspicious of the two young men walking down a street in Beckenham, Greater London, England.

Digital Records Are Fading Fast

Ransom Riggs

I'm a collector of vintage snapshots.

Brain Game: Puckish

October is here, NHL preseason games are underway, and professional hockey's regular season will be underway soon.

Morning Cup of Links: Ig Nobel Prizes

Miss Cellania

Australia's Lost Giants. Seven foot red kangaroos are scary, but they may have fallen to a puny predator called Homo sapiens. * Citizens of Sicily are standing up to the Mafia.

The Late Movies: Next Media Animation

Mark Arminio

Next Media is a large news company based in Hong Kong, specializing in a wide array of media products.

How Did You Know? - Day 3 Level 3/Bonus Round

David K. Israel

YES! You can play this challenge/contest without knowing a thing about the weekly hunt! It's sort of a one-off - a stand-alone if you will.

The Quick: 10 Companies That Had Fun with their Stock Ticker Symbols

Stacy Conradt

I don’t know that there’s much room for humor in the world of finance, especially when it comes to fast-paced buying and selling.

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