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Pod City: This Week's Most Interesting Podcasts

Each week I listen to many hours of podcasts, throw them in my brain funnel and share the most interesting things I learned. In no particular order, …

Comedy

How Mao Accidentally Turned Mangoes Into Divine Objects

Ah, the mango: Sweet, colorful, and juicy. While all these qualities are fine and good, there was a short period of time when an entire nation …

Mao Zedong

Namibia: Raw and Wild

The lion stared at me, less than 10 meters away, then growled. I cringed, realizing that with just a quick, short leap, he could pull me out of our open safari vehicle and drag me away.<p>That lion sighting -- it seems almost too casual to call such a close encounter a "sighting" -- was just one of …

How Tinder Can Work as a Travel App (Yes, Really)

By Jon Chase, CNTraveler.com<p>There's no question that most travel experiences are better with a healthy amount of pre-planning. But leaving room for some spontaneity always feels more rewarding -- or, at the very least, more memorable. Though it may sound oxymoronic, there are plenty of apps that …

Why Would You Put Brominated Vegetable Oil in Soda?

So Coke and Pepsi are rushing to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their drinks in response to consumer pressure. Some of the campaigns are predictably in terms of the ingredient having non-food uses (a fire retardant) make it inappropriate to use in food. However CSPI and others point to …

Inside the mummies' embalmed bodies – courtesy of a hospital CT scanner

Spare a thought for the unknown adult mummified in a Theban necropolis more than 2,500 years go. Not only did he suffer the most excruciating, possibly life-threatening dental abscesses, but the embalmer botched the afterlife preparation, leaving bits of brain in his skull as well as a broken …

Why laughter makes no sense: The surprising science behind what tickles our funny bones

We laugh at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert — along with a million other things that aren’t even jokes. Here’s why<p>Good news greets us in Uganda as we disembark our plane: “Uganda has defeated the outbreak of Ebola,” announces a large placard standing in the airport’s main hall. “Please have a nice …

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Wildlife

World Heritage Sites Quiz, Part 1

Making UNESCO's World Heritage List means protection and prestige for some of the world's most famous sites—and some of the not-so-famous. See how much you know about these special places.

Why Does Turkey Make You Tired?

Why do people have such a hard time staying awake after Thanksgiving dinner? Most people blame tryptophan, but that's not really the main culprit. …

Digestion

25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 36)

25 Little-Known Facts About Thanksgiving

In this episode, John Green serves up plenty of Thanksgiving history you can share with your family while scarfing down turkey and green bean …

Pop Culture

15 Things You Might Not Know About Mystery Science Theater 3000

While the rest of America was slipping into a turkey coma on Thanksgiving Day in 1988, Minneapolis area residents lucky enough to get clear reception …

Tom Cruise

The works of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona - Lonely Planet travel videos