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The Accidental Birth of Wrapping Paper

Ethan Trex

J.C. and Rollie Hall ran into a problem during the 1917 holiday season. Business was booming, and they’d run out of the tissue papers that were the era’s standard gift dressing.

Weekend Links: A Cricket Sing-Along

Roma Panganiban

13 Deliciously Geeky Pies

Jill Harness

December 1st is one of several Pie Day holidays celebrated around the world. You can celebrate by baking and eating pie, or by looking at these.

How to Sharpen Pencils

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: The Oldest Selfie of All

Roma Panganiban

The Real Walter White

Chris Higgins

A Brief History of Black Friday

Ethan Trex

The unofficial start of the holiday shopping season is often referred to as the busiest shopping day of the year. But where did this tradition start and just how big is it?

10 Deserted Places and Why They Were Abandoned

DeAnna Kerley

Eerie pasts and uncertain futures.

Toys, Trampling and Tragedy: The Victoria Hall Disaster

Matt Soniak

If this year’s Black Friday is like any other, too many people will crowd into stores and trample over each other to get a deal on some Christmas presents.

25 Wacky Trading Cards From the '80s and '90s

Kate Erbland

How many of these wax packs did you have?

Attention, College Scribes Who Want to Write for Us!

Erin McCarthy

Why Are Pancakes Always Round?

Matt Soniak

Join @FlossStore on Cyber Monday for Personal Flossy Shopping!

Jamie Spatola

7 Facts About Turkeys

Arallyn Primm

Gobble gobble gobble! Whether you’re from the U.S. or abroad, you’re probably going to hear a lot about turkeys in the next few days.

31 Amazing Facts to Break Out During Dinner

Jason English

Thanksgiving is here, which means unwanted questions from your relatives. But don't worry! When the conversation goes bad, just lob one of these facts out there.

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