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Why vanilla prices have gone nuts

The crop is getting hammered by low yields, climate change, speculation and theft.<p>I use vanilla extract so often in my cooking and baking that I keep …

Why hundreds of glass ornaments have been hidden in Willamette National Forest

While the holiday season may be the furthest thing on the minds of hikers enjoying Oregon's Willamette National Forest this summer, a new campaign …

10 Characteristics of Wildly Successful People | Page 2

5. Risk-takers<p>Mauricio Graiki / Shutterstock.com<p>No guts, no glory, right? Some of the world’s biggest successes have come from taking risks.<p>When the …

16 amazing things invented by Canadians

Okay, so maybe you didn't pay that much attention in history class. And maybe you're not the MVP on your local trivia team. Still, you can probably …

12 photos show how humans explored Earth's oceans from the 1600s to now

The world's oceans cover 71% of the planet's surface, yet we've more thoroughly mapped the surface of Mars than we have the ocean floor.<p>At the recent …

These space diamonds may hail from a planet that once existed in our solar system

Every now and then our planet gets a postcard from the unknown.<p>Maybe it's a meteorite that lights up the night sky for an electric instant. Or maybe …

How does salmonella get into eggs?

More than 200 million eggs processed at Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana, were recently recalled for possible salmonella contamination. Those eggs …

Environmental Health

This roadside public restroom in Norway could be the world's most scenic loo

Generally, roadside rest areas are a place you want to get in and out of quickly as possible. A quick leg stretch, a snack and the compulsory visit …

Hiking

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22 'facts' you learned in school that have since been proven wrong

When you're trying to teach dozens of students the finer points of history and science, sometimes it's just easier to provide a simpler narrative.<p>But …

50 Awesome Facts About Everything

When you stop and think about it, you realize that the world truly is a weird place. After all, we humans paint our faces before work and wear …

10 Ancient Mysteries Researchers Still Can’t Explain

The 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism found in an ancient Greek shipwreck has been dubbed the 'first computer,' using a wind-up dial system to …

What your zodiac sign means for your relationship — for good and for bad

It is not exactly controversial to say that relationships can be confusing.<p>Relationships get a lot less confusing, however, if you decide to chalk up …

From abandoned stadiums to deserted cities: Billion-dollar wastes of money

Epic fails on the grandest of scales, the world's most notorious white elephants should never have left the drawing board. Monstrously expensive to …

In praise of curiosity

Einstein said it best: 'The important thing is not to stop questioning.'<p>Albert Einstein mused about many things, from his theories of relativity to …

Creativity

50 Social Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Follow

Especially to those closest to you.<p>At the cashier. The bank teller. Your co-worker. Even if he or she doesn’t smile back.<p>And if someone holds the …

23 Most Powerful Secret Societies

Secret societies have captured the imagination of the public for centuries. Many of these groups are thought to be ancient, mysterious gatherings of …

Finland is the world's happiest country, according to the U.N.

Move over, Norway. There's a new happiest place on Earth.<p>Finland is now the world's happiest country, according to an annual report issued by the …

50 of the Oldest Things on Earth

From family heirlooms to antiques shops to museums, many Americans share an obsession of the extremely old. This includes man-made artifacts such as …

7 languages on the verge of extinction

Linguists say thousands of languages are endangered. Listen to a few that could disappear in our lifetimes.<p>Around the world, a spoken language …

Inside the Quirkiest Habits of Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, and Other Genius Inventors | Inc.com

These amazing color photos of the Hindenburg Zeppelin show what luxury flying was like 80 years ago

<b>Before the rise of the modern airliner, the Zeppelin was the standard-bearer for luxury air travel.</b><p><b>The most famous of the Zeppelins was the</b> …

Does the world's 'loneliest' tree mark the start of a new epoch?

On Campbell Island, some 400 miles south of New Zealand, sits a single Sitka spruce. Planted in the early 20th century, the tree is considered the …

The tallest lighthouse in Oregon has a haunted history

Yet there is more to Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport than these ghostly stories.<p>On a scenic basalt rock headland that juts almost a mile into the …

24 Tricky Questions That Will Give Your Brain A Great Workout

Do you ever just sit around and feel like you really need to train your brain a little?<p>I mean your job gets you exhausted but your brain isn’t …

The Voynich Manuscript: What you need to know about the world's most mysterious book

The 600-year-old book no one can read has been fascinating us for decades, but we're only recently starting to learn more about it.<p>Named after the …

Geologists find that a remote region of Australia was once connected to Canada

North America and Australia are practically on opposite sides of the world today, but some 1.7 billion years ago, they may have been joined at the …

10 good luck charms from around the world

You may be familiar with horseshoes (thanks to St. Dunstan) and four-leaf clovers (way to go, Celts and Druids!), but there are plenty of other good …

Christmas Eve

9 travel hacks for even the most-seasoned fliers

Tips to help your trip go smoothly, from before takeoff to post-landing.<p>Nearly 2.5 million people fly every day, keeping airports across the United …