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12 New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013

Erik van Rheenen

The OED upped its entry count with three updates last year—here's a snapshot retrospective of the words committed to dictionary immortality in 2013.

Q&A: Jason Silva, Host of Brain Games

Jason Silva is the host of National Geographic Channel’s hit series, Brain Games. We got a chance to talk to him about the show and ended up totally geeking out.

What Causes Baldness?

DeAnna Kerley

If you’ve got a receding hairline, don’t be so quick to blame it on your baseball caps or your grandpa.

The Early Lives and Times of 7 Oil Barons

Want to become fabulously wealthy overnight and open the door to starting your own eccentric dynasty? We suggest striking oil.

12 Crafts Perfect for Librarians

Jill Harness

From coffee mugs to pasties (!), here are some of the coolest crafts we hope to see popping up soon in a library near us.

The Missing Links: Look What's To Come

Colin Patrick

Brain Game: And It Is

Sandy Wood

13 Ailments 19th-Century Doctors Said Electrostatic Could Cure

Arallyn Primm

Static electricity was the name of the game in the 19th century, and it was a hot subject for almost 100 years.

Meet the World’s Only Known Venomous Crustacean

Matt Soniak

There are some 70,000 species of crustacean—the group that includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish—in the world, and until very recently, none of them were known to be venomous.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

This week's interesting comics: Bob Fingerman's Minimum Wage returns and Black Widow gets her own series.

The Bogus Bard: 5 Stories About Shakespeare We Wish Were True

DT Kelly

Shakespeare’s life is as full of fiction as his plays are.

Testing 30 More Life Hacks We Found on the Internet

Jason English

Last year John Green tried a bunch of life hacks we read about on the Internet. Today he puts 30 more to the test.

Why Isn't There Canned Broccoli?

Kara Kovalchik

When it comes to buying canned vegetables, we usually find the same handful of choices: peas, beans, corn, carrots, beets, tomatoes. Why don’t we see broccoli or green peppers in a handy-dandy can?

5 Inspiring People Living With Polio

Chris Higgins

The Incredible Eccentricities of 20 Great Writers

Truly great artists will do whatever it takes to find their muse.

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