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How Microwave Ovens Work

Here's a detailed explanation to a simple question: how does a microwave oven work? Also covered: measuring wavelengths using cheese (!), what's in a …

Saks Fifth Avenue

This Awesome Effect Makes GIFs Leap Out Of The Screen

In our book, nothing beats a well crafted and executed animated gif but a new technique is doing more than simply looping some of your favourite …

50 Cent Dubbed Over A Jehovah's Witnesses Video Is The Most Awkward Thing Ever

Well done Internet, you've created yet another piece of irresistible weirdness.<p>Here's a video from a Jehovah's Witnesses broadcast which is …

4 Russian Travel Tips for Visiting America

As an American, you can find volumes of travel books instructing you how to behave when you visit other countries—which seemingly innocent hand …

11 Inscriptions on Buildings That Tell It Like It Is

People have carved inscriptions onto buildings since ancient times. They usually contain wise advice or admonitions. The Temple of Apollo at Delphi …

InterAct

The Bloody Benders, America's First Serial Killer Family

In 1870, a group of new families moved to the wind-ravaged plains near what would become Cherryvale, Kansas. They were Spiritualists, a religion that …

Classical Sculptures Dressed As Hipsters

We first wrote about Caillard and Persani’s hipster sculptures over a year ago, and since the new works by this duo are just as hilarious, we …

The Beauty of Death: Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris | Colossal

<p>In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Many …

14 Delicious Things To Make With Extra Takeout Rice

As the temperature drops, delivery menus look better than ever. Here are some ways to teach your old rice new tricks.

20 Things To Do Now That Will Make Your Life Better In Five Years

Results may vary. But in a good way!

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

Video of House stenographer yanked from floor after Masonic outburst, as lawmakers vote to end shutdown

CSPAN Video: "During House vote a stenographer, seated in House well, goes to microphone on dais, yells, and is removed from the floor."<p>The …

12 Really Forced Portmanteaux That Didn't Catch On

There are times when one big word can more effectively do the job of two words. These are not those times.<p>1. Balloonatic (balloon + lunatic)<p><b>A person</b> …

Mary Magdalene

25 Things You Didn't Know About Nickelodeon

Whether you preferred the drama of <i>Hey Dude</i>, the postmodern sensibility of <i>Clarissa Explains It All</i>, or the gross-out humor of <i>Ren & Stimpy</i>, if you were …

10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using

If you learn just ten old words this month, let them be these, from Mark Forsyth's <i>The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the</i> …

What Your Facebook Updates Say About Your Age

For a long time, psychologists have studied how the words people use correlate with characteristics like gender, personality type, and age. They …

5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History

Finding the right words when detonating an atomic bomb or sacrificing one's life for friendship came easy for these people.<p>1. Lawrence Oates before …

Etymology

How to Be Popular: 5 Helpful Films From the 1940s

In decades past, short films were used in classrooms to show young people how to get along in society. They were starchy, unrealistic, and …

10 Common Beauty Products You Shouldn’t Be Putting On Your Skin

Not to freak you out or anything, but there might be horrible chemicals in practically every beauty product you use that could seep into your bloodstream and build up toxicity over time. If you're even slightly the paranoid type, this information is enough to make you want to revamp that makeup …

21 Completely Bizarre Moments In Disney History

Like that time Donald Duck told you to wear a condom.

The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated

As if the science of sleep and the emotional function of dreaming weren’t fascinating enough in and of themselves, things get even more bewildering when it comes to lucid dreaming — a dream state in which you’re able to manipulate the plot of the dream and your experience in it. But how, exactly, …

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption

On May 21, 2005 <b>David Foster Wallace</b> took the podium at Kenyon College and delivered the now-legendary <i>This Is Water</i>, one of history’s greatest commencement addresses — his timeless meditation on the meaning of life and the grueling work required in order to stay awake to the world rather than …

11 Common Words with Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels

One of the responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration is to assure that foods are labeled properly. It provides regulations on what, where, …

11 Words That Don't Mean What They Sound Like

<b>1. Bodkin</b> must mean "little body." Didn’t Hamlet say something about a “bare bodkin”? He did. But he was talking about taking the “not to be” option, …

Why Does the Road Look Wet on Hot Days?

<i>Reader Robert wrote in to say, “As I drive across the Panhandle of Texas, I am wondering why the highway looks wet and shiny off in the distance but</i> …

11 Famous Mermaids and their Creators

Mythology is rife with creatures that mix traits of the familiar and the fantastic. Maybe it’s because they resemble us, but half-human legends from …

11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way

Why is English spelling so messed up? We get the same sounds spelled different ways (two, to, too), the same spellings pronounced different ways …