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Unlike Footballs, These Animals Are Meant to Deflate

NFL balls shouldn't be deflated—but in the wild, animals do it all the time.<p>As the New England Patriots recently learned, deflating game balls can attract a ton of unwanted attention. But in the wild, animals inflate and deflate every day—and they're doing it because they <i>want</i> all that …

7 Airline Innovations That Will Change the Way We Fly

There was a day not too long ago when seatback TVs on planes looked space-aged, the concept of a call from 30,000 feet seemed impossible, and the idea of WiFi—let alone on a plane—was completely out of the question. Today? You take those things for granted. You even complain about them if they …

Georgia Tech

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

19 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art

Today marks the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. Or, if you prefer, the most wonderful time of the year. 'Tis the season of rosy cheeks, icy sidewalks and hot chocolate, all the makings of a spectacular Bing Crosby holiday movie.<p>But winter …

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories.<p>That’s why we asked folks on the Nat Geo Travel …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Creative Commons Attribution

Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' Lyrics Going Up for Auction

Handwritten lyrics expected to sell for more than $1 million<p>Bob Dylan's original lyrics for his landmark 1965 song "Like a Rolling Stone" is heading …

John Paul II and John XXIII canonized as saints

Reporting From Vatican City --<p>Pope Francis<p>proclaimed sainthood Sunday for two former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, marking the first time in the church’s long history that two ex-popes have been canonized at the same time.<p>Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors crammed into St. …

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

Monty Python Reunion Show to Play in Movie Theaters Worldwide

The last show of the famed troupe's reunion will be broadcast this summer from London's O2 Arena<p>Monty Python's farewell stage show at London's O2 …

From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life (Photos)

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic …

Pictures: Climbing Everest Through History

The tragedy on Everest recalls the highs and lows of the long history of climbing the mountain.<p>Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, were the strongest and most experienced snow and ice climbers on the 1953 British expedition.<p>After the first team was forced to turn …

The Aftermath of Everest's Deadly Avalanche

Sherpa communities and those set to climb Everest are grieving and "in shock" after the avalanche that killed 16 mountaineers.<p>The first thing you hear is the roar. It's a terrifying sound, instantly recognizable. Your head jerks up, and you see the thundering cloud of ice blasting toward you. …

Best Space Pictures: Blood Moon, Auroras, and Rover Tracks

A Martian rover makes tracks and the moon turns blood red in this week's best space pictures.<p>The night sky presides over a cherry tree in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, on April 12.<p>The mayor of Tokyo presented 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C., in 1912 as a sign of friendship between Japan and …

Feeding 9 Billion

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint<p>For most of history, whenever we’ve needed to produce more food, we’ve simply cut down forests or plowed grasslands to make more farms. We’ve already cleared an area roughly the size of South America to grow crops. To raise livestock, we’ve taken over even …

Brewery tour of Alaska

A road trip of Interior and Southcentral Alaska is an excellent approach for discovering the regions’ best sights: the tallest mountain in North America, the largest wild salmon in the world as well as a myriad of adventures. And almost every town from Fairbanks to Homer is home to at least one …

National Parks

Game of Farms: Plight of the Westerosi Farmer

Honey roasted horseflesh, mutton stew with black bread, pigeon pie, turnips soaked in butter, honey garlic snails and spit-roasted heron.<p>In print and …

The best nudist beaches in Australia

Easygoing Australia has an abundance of choice when it comes to beaches where nudism is legal and accepted. Most of the destinations on this list are nestled away, and home to communities of friendly, like-minded naturists who welcome newcomers. At some you may be the only person there – just you, …

Australia

'Game Of Thrones' Actor Peter Dinklage: 'If You See Me On The Street And Want A Photo, Ask!'

During a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), the actor was asked if he liked living in New York.<p>While the actor said he's generally a private person, the only thing that upsets him is people trying to sneakily take his photo.<p>"One thing that sort of gets to you are the cameras/cellphones," Dinklage …

TV Series

10 Most Dramatic 'Game of Thrones' Deaths

Molten gold, angry dragons, tongue-rippings — here are the 'Game of Thrones' kills that were real gamechangers<p>10<p>The fourth season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> …

Victorian strangeness: The man who was covered in bees

<b>A beekeeper in China made headlines this week by creating a living coat of bees. But as author Jeremy Clay writes, he was beaten to the stunt by more than a century - by a man who wasn't even trying.</b><p>If he'd stopped to count his blessings, the anxious man moving gingerly along the streets of central …

Literature

Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.<p>The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak at about 3 a.m. …

Marriott tops list of guests' favorite hotel rewards plan

If you like participating in hotel loyalty programs, you're going to be happiest with Marriott Rewards, according to a study release Friday by J.D. Power.<p>Marriott's program ranked first among such programs with a score of 707 based on a 1,000-point scale. Marriott includes such brands as Fairfield …

18 Lessons Learned From Being Single in NYC

<b>1. There's always a match to be made.</b><p>If you're single (and you know it), someone else will always be clapping their hands for you. Once the people you bump into in the city stop asking why you're still single, they'll start asking you if you'd like to meet every other single person they know.<p>If …