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How Each State Decided What to Put on Its Commemorative Quarter

Between 1999 and 2008, the United States Mint produced a series of commemorative quarters, with a new state-specific design released approximately …

18 Fancy Words for Specific Shapes

Circle, square, triangle—boring! There are so many more shapes than those in nature. Good thing there’s a rich vocabulary of fancy scientific words …

25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, "Because the …


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The Most Famous Brand From Every State

Today's map shows the corporation or brand that best represents each state. Designer Steve Lovelace explained his criteria: "In each case, I picked a …

Pop Culture

8 Memorable Rejection Letters

These letters may not have contained the responses the candidates were hoping for, but a memorable rejection is better than a cold form letter from …

What Do You Call Soft Drinks?

During my first week of college, a hallmate from the south baffled me with his drink order:<p>"Y'all have cokes? Great, I'll have a Sprite."<p>As today's …

Pop Culture

Five Absinthe Myths Debunked

Scared to meet the Green Fairy after a pour of absinthe? Don’t be. Though absinthe is the subject of many nicknames and stories, it’s essentially …


How The World’s Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days

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Prescription coffee mugs and liquor flasks prove you don’t have a drinking problem

Reflections: a challenging portrait series of the elderly seeing their youth

Image of the Queen Mary 2 and it's captain

A size comparison between the titanic and a modern cruise ship

13 natural solutions for killing and deterring ants

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Natural pest control methods can help you cope with and eliminate the problem.<p>Little tiny …