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How Removing Half of Someone's Brain Can Improve Their Life

Sophie Penkrat

A hemispherectomy is a rare surgical procedure in which half the brain is removed. Most people with half a brain live pretty normal lives.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact-Checks ‘Back to the Future II’

Jennifer M Wood

The noted astrophysicist crafted a report card on what 'Back to the Future II' ​got right—and wrong—about October 21, 2015.

How Past Generations' Slang Became Today's Vocabulary

Arika Okrent the mag

What we say today shapes the vocabulary of tomorrow.

A Brief History of White House Renovations and Near-Demolitions

David W Brown

What's revealed about some of America’s presidents in 'Under This Roof' is nothing next to the wild history of the building itself.

22 Brainy Facts for Brain Week!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Because zombies shouldn't be the only ones who get to enjoy brains.

10 Classic Halloween-Themed Commercials

Anna Green

From loving tributes to the genuinely bizarre, here are some of our favorite Halloween commercials of the last six decades.

This Simple Machine Transforms Plastic Bags Into Wearable Totes

Rebecca OConnell

One person's trash is another's fashion-forward accessory.

Medieval Supernova Lit Earth’s Skies for Months

Kate Horowitz

Astronomers around the world marveled at the brilliance of the “guest star.”

How to Build Your Own Origami Robot

Michele Debczak

This is a robot you can 2D print at home.

The Funny Story Behind a Classic 'Simpsons' Scene

Caitlin Schneider

Proof that comedic genius can come from very unlikely places.

The Rise and Fall of 5 Claimed Mediums

Rebecca OConnell

Many believed that mediums were a connection to the other side—but really they were con artists who took advantage of the gullible and vulnerable.

Watch Paul Simon Show Off His Basketball Skills On 'SNL' In 1975

Anna Green

In 1975, professional basketball player and former Globetrotter Connie Hawkins challenged singer-songwriter Paul Simon to a game of one-on-one.

A Spooky Guide to Legendary Creatures From Around the World

Andrew LaSane

A handy infographic of the mythic monsters that haunt your dreams.

Classic Movie Scenes Recreated in LEGO

Rebecca OConnell

Movies, but in LEGO form.

9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Haunted Houses

Bess Lovejoy

We interviewed professionals working at haunted houses to find out more about how these places work and why we love them like we do.