What's the Origin of "Let the Cat out of the Bag"?

Matt Soniak

Image credit: ComstockThe first documented use of the phrase in the sense of “revealing a secret" comes from a book review in a 1760 issue of The London Magazine, wherein the reviewer laments tha

The Time 18th-Century French Aristocrats Fled to Rural Pennsylvania

Lucas Reilly

In 1793, the French Revolution was in full swing. Royal sympathizers—nobles, military officers, clergy, and other aristocrats—were guaranteed a sharp kiss from the guillotine.

Olympic Uniforms for the 2012 Opening Ceremonies

Miss Cellania

When the London Olympics open on July 27th, the Parade of Nations will be our introduction to the 2012 athletes.

A Woman With Number/Color Synesthesia Explains Her Brain

Chris Higgins

Alex Dainis has grapheme to color synesthesia, meaning that within her brain, numbers have strong associations with colors -- "each number has its own color, or personality," she explains.

At the Libraries: Divided Opinions on Stephen King

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

Brain Game: Tee You

Today's Brain Game Think Thursday challenge sends you across the globe to name four nations.

10 Lines From Napoleon's Love Letters That Sound Like Crazy Texts

Nicholas Ferroni

The letters Napoleon wrote to Josephine resemble the desperate, angry, and pathetic e-mails, texts, and voicemails you might see today.

Morning Cup of Links: Breaking Batman

Miss Cellania

Harbor the raccoon was caged, neglected, and malnourished before wildlife rehabilitator MaryEllen Schoeman took him in.

11 Tips for Growing the World's Longest Mustache

Julia Davis

Image credit: Guinness World Records While an everyday ‘stache might gain you a cult following or a cameo on Reno 911, a truly magnificent mustache could catapult you into the Guinness Book of Worl

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Andréa Fernandes

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We've combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorite

The Late Movies: The Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait" Turns 25

Chris Higgins

The Replacements' classic album Pleased to Meet Me turned 25 this week.

11 TV Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics

Stacy Conradt

Chances are, you've been humming these classic TV theme songs for years. Now you can get their lyrics stuck in your head, too.

11 Defunct Drugstore Chains

Kara Kovalchik

I grew up on Cunningham Street, and it was a cruel slap of encroaching old age when the person I was giving my address to over the phone didn't know what I meant when I replied "Just like th

The Missing Links: Politicians With Tattoos

Julia Davis

Note: Colin is off at some conference. Make InternJulia feel welcome! Ahhh, the age-old melting ice cream excuse!

Dietribes: Cabbage

Allison Keene

• Cabbages are derived from the wild mustard plant of the Mediterranean region, and have been popular since ancient times. Cato the Elder praised the cabbage for its many medicinal uses.