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The Secret Origins of 11 Famous Video Games

Rick Marshall

Secret origins aren't just for superheroes in need of a good backstory.

11 Rejected Canadian Flag Designs

Adrienne Crezo

When Canada adopted its flag in the mid-1960s, 2,136 of the submitted designs contained a maple leaf. Another 389 featured beavers.

11 Great Geeky Umbrellas

Jill Harness

11 "Schoolhouse Rock!" Hits

Chris Higgins

11 Strange and Wonderful Shakespeare Adaptations

Mark Mancini

April 23rd is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

11 Totally Redundant Place Names

Arika Okrent

The Pendle in Pendle Hill is derived from Pen-hyll, a combination of the Cumbric word for hill and the Old English word for hill. So Pendle Hill is really Hill Hill Hill. Here are 11 others like that.

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Chris Higgins

11 More Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Judith B Herman

Every month on the 11th, we do 11 lists of 11. Judith B. Herman gets us started a day early.

The Missing Links: Auditions That Launched Careers

Colin Patrick

A Sea Lion that Dances to the Backstreet Boys

The Week

UC Santa Cruz researchers say Ronan is the first mammal to successfully get funky

Artistic Takes on 9 Classic Fairy Tales

Jill Harness

We’re all familiar with the classic Disney and Brothers Grimm versions of fairy tales, but with a little artistic skill and imagination, it’s amazing how drastically these tales can change—at least vi

The Great Gatsby as a 1987 Nintendo Game

Jason English

Retrobituaries: Albert Ellis, Pioneering Psychologist

David W Brown

In our Retrobituaries series, we highlight interesting people who are no longer with us. Today let's explore the life of Albert Ellis, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 92.

10 Old Sayings We Need to Bring Back

Therese Oneill

Before the Internet, we could not use memes of Willy Wonka or a triumphant baby to express ourselves. Instead, we used proverbs; catchy lines that encapsulate universal truths.

Why Do We Get Emotional When We Drink?

Kevin Kampwirth

At one time or another, though, we’ve all been the emotional drunk, a condition typically marked by ill-timed espousals of affection (or reprisal), acute introspection, and an incontrollable urge to c