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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.

Your Morning Mind-Blow with Carl Sagan

Ransom Riggs

It's rare that the deep thoughts of a world-class astronomer and thinker can be reduced to three and four-minute bite-sized chunks understandable to anyone and yet still rather profound -- but Sa

Lunchtime Quiz: Home Sweet Home Market

Ethan Trex

You can spot their signs from miles away on the interstate, but how well do you know where some of your favorite chain eateries got their starts? Take our quiz to

History of the U.S.: Rum Punch

Stacy Conradt

Rum wasn’t invented in America, but it proved so popular in the colonies that it should qualify as an all- American

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

10 People Who Did It Anyway

Miss Cellania

The news that quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon swam the English Channel over the weekend reminded me of so many people I've written about, that I had to look in my files and bring you another i

The Surprising Voices Behind Cartoon Characters

Ethan Trex

Last week we asked you to give us a few of your favorite surprising identities behind cartoon voiceovers.

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #18

The Really, Really Bad Rebus in today's Brain Game may indeed be the worst I've ever done. I know I've said that before, but... well, you'll see.

Morning Cup of Links: Finger Hostage

Miss Cellania

The Origins of Life.

The Number of the Day: 105.7 Billion

Andréa Fernandes

The total number of humans born since 50,000 BC is estimated at 105.7 billion. Related Link: For the next two weeks, we'll be pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating Nati

The Late Movies: O-SPAN

Ransom Riggs

C-SPAN can be pretty boring, unless you're watching Jon Stewart narrate the highlights. Personally, if I have to watch Congress on TV I much prefer O-SPAN, which is The Onion's coverage.

The Quick 10: 10 Weird Caffeinated Products

Stacy Conradt

As a new mom, I’m a fan of caffeine. I mean, I liked it before. But now it’s a godsend. I prefer my caffeine in the normal formats, though – Diet Coke, lattes, most forms of chocolate.

Why is it so hard to balance on a bicycle that's not moving, and easy on one that is?

Matt Soniak

Reader Brian writes in to ask "Why can you stay on a bicycle when moving, but not when it's standing still?" Think of something like a table or a couch.

History of the U.S.: The Not-so-microwave

Stacy Conradt

The same year that saw the invention of the atomic bomb also gave the world another hot device: the microwave oven.

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