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11 Musicians Who Overcame Disabilities

Bill DeMain

1. Ludwig van Beethoven At age 26, the great German composer and pianist began to lose his hearing.

The Late Movies: Shel Silverstein

Erica Palan

We've mentioned before that acclaimed children's poet Shel Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue," the song popularized by the great Johnny Cash.

8 Old-School Diseases Making a Comeback

Kathy Benjamin

Humanity spent the last hundred years virtually eradicating some of the planet’s most unpleasant diseases.

Tomorrow is the 11th!

Jason English

11 image via Shutterstock Tomorrow is April 11th, and you know what that means.

6 Memorable Images from the '60s

David K. Israel

For the rest of the week, I'll be posting memorable images from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

A.J. Jacobs Is Your New Personal Trainer

AJ Jacobs

In 2009, A.J. Jacobs set out on a two-year quest for bodily perfection, chronicled in his new book, Drop Dead Healthy.

9-Year-Old's Homemade Arcade is Rad

Chris Higgins

9-year-old Caine Monroy loved arcades, so he built one in his father's auto parts shop in East LA. He made it out of cardboard and packing tape.

10 of Life's Questions Answered with Flowcharts

Miss Cellania

Young adults face difficult decisions every day that they must negotiate without the help of parents or the wisdom that comes from experience.

Brain Game: V for Vote

IMPORTANT NOTE: I laid a BIG egg with my original text for today's Brain Game, claiming that there were three answers when in fact there are four.

Morning Cup of Links: Internet Plagues

Miss Cellania

Media and gossip sites have been full of speculation on why Ashley Judd doesn't look the way she did 15 years ago. Judd has an answer for them, along the lines of go jump off a cliff.

The World's Most Stunning Sea Slugs

Jill Harness

When you think of beautiful, majestic animals, sea slugs are probably not the first critter that comes to mind.

10 Smart, Passive Homes

David K. Israel

Passive homes are popping up all over Europe and Japan, and, finally, here in the U.S. What is a passive home? A house that keeps its aggression at bay, of course!

12 Underappreciated (But Equally Precious) Bodily Fluids

Maggie Ryan Sandford

Blood, sweat, tears? Classic bodily fluids. And then there’s mucus, spit, semen, and urine—well known to juvenile minds everywhere. But what else is oozing around inside you?

In 1906, the Bronx Zoo Put a Black Man on Display in the Monkey House

Bill DeMain

The young black man who arrived at the Bronx Zoo in the summer of 1906 cut a striking figure. Dressed in a white suit, he was carrying a wooden bow, a quiver of arrows, and a chimpanzee.

James Cameron Explains Titanic's Sinking

Chris Higgins

In this short video, Titanic director James Cameron offers color commentary on CGI animation of Titanic sinking, recreating the events of April 14, 1912.

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