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6 Idioms That Came From Film And Theater

Simon Davis

Chances are, you’ve probably used an idiom from film or theater in an everyday context—maybe without even knowing it.

Lookups of 'Exhume' and 'Confluence' Spiked During the Oscars Ceremony

Jennifer M Wood

When Hollywood talks, people listen. Then they Google.

Why Making Decisions Stresses Some People Out

Kate Horowitz

Plus, what you can do about it.

Take a Literary Vacation With Rail Europe

Shaunacy Ferro

The railway has prepared a few itineraries for book-loving travelers.

What Causes Friction?


The answer is surprisingly simple.

Interactive Map Plots Where Every Known Fossil Was Discovered

Michele Debczak

See who your neighbors would have been 100 million years ago.

Here's Your First Look at the Revamped Nokia 3310

Kirstin Fawcett

The classic phone is back, with a modern twist.

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'Of Mice and Men'

Michael Arbeiter

You Can't Miss Monday's Best Amazon Deals

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From the Smart Shopping Team...

Sony's New Projector Turns Any Surface Into a Touch Screen

Jake Rossen

Your kids can now draw on the walls and not leave a mark.

6 Strange Guided Tours From Around the World

Rudie Obias

Sometimes you want to see something really off the beaten path.

Storm Chasers Put 'Twister' Star Bill Paxton On the Map with GPS Tribute

Kirstin Fawcett

Nearly 200 weather enthusiasts collaborated on the project.

Who’s Really to Blame for Last Night’s Oscar Debacle?

Michele Debczak

It wasn't Warren Beatty's fault.

When Is the Best Time to Poop? In the Morning

Shaunacy Ferro

At least according to one bowel expert.

6 Times the Wrong Winner Was Announced

Jennifer M Wood

Mistakes happen.