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The Origins of 27 Holiday Traditions

Jason English

This week John Green discusses some popular holiday traditions and how they came about.

Brain Game: Topper

Sandy Wood

Why Does Grover Cleveland Count as Two Presidents?

Mark Mancini

Barack Obama is regarded as the 44th President of the United States. Yet, only 43 men have filled the position. Why the discrepancy? Blame Grover Cleveland.

5 Last-Minute Charitable Gifts

Chris Higgins

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Jason English

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Gifts Perfect for the Holiday Host or Hostess

Jamie Spatola

Floss:Handmade wooden wine charms for the holiday host/hostess

6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Billy Jack

Kara Kovalchik

Actor, director, and occasional presidential candidate Tom Laughlin passed away last week at the age of 82.

10 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Carol

Molly Oldfield

Don't be a Scrooge—read up on these facts about the classic novel.

The Missing Links: Quiet That Drives You Crazy

Colin Patrick

9 Odd and Awesome 2014 Calendars

Miss Cellania

'Tis and 10 Other Fun Proclitic Words

Arika Okrent

Why let 'tis have all the fun? This season, get in the proclitic spirit with these 10 other charming word-beginning contractions.

These Ants Use Mercenaries to Fight for Them

Matt Soniak

In the jungles of Panama, a group of farmers ekes out a living by raising fungi for food.

The New Issue of the Magazine Goes on Sale Today!

Jessanne Collins

Editor-in-Chief Jessanne Collins discusses the new issue.

11 Weird (But Awesome) Things at the Mütter Museum

DeAnna Kerley

From the conjoined livers from a pair of Siamese twins to slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, Philadelphia's Mütter Museum houses dozens of strange artifacts from medical history.

Animating the AT-AT Walkers in "Star Wars"

Chris Higgins

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