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16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in March

Before we dive into a calendar of daily celebrations, let's consider some of March's month-long events. It is Optimism Month and National Umbrella …

Mardi Gras

20 Mockbusters You Might Confuse for the Real Movie

When there’s massive hype and anticipation for a major release, sometimes smaller studios try to cash in, piggy-backing off the blockbuster’s success …

4 Good Reasons Why People Say “I Could Care Less”

March 4th: It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative (march forth!). Since 2008 it has also been National Grammar Day, a holiday conceived by Martha …

Language

10 Unintentionally Horrifying Statues of Famous People

Having a statue erected in your likeness sounds like it would be an honor. But when the end result leaves you looking terrifying for all eternity, …

16 404 Pages That Are Worth the Error

The poem above is old, but the sentiment is universal. I first saw the verse at Plinko's error page, but the original author is nowhere to be found, …

Ulysses S. Grant

100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds

What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? All centenarians have their own habits and morning routines by which they swear. In July, the world's …

Washington State

Why Do We Kiss Under The Mistletoe?

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>The history of mistletoe, which can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, is long, strange, and full of contradictions. Certain …

10 Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

President's Day

A Brief History of Eggnog

Eggnog can trace its roots back as far as the 14th century, when medieval Englishmen enjoyed a hot cocktail known as posset. Posset didn’t contain …

11 Gay Book Characters Turned Straight for the Movie Version

Adapted screenplays may follow books very closely, or may be completely different. When characters are gay or lesbian - or have had some significant …

6 Ways Charles Schulz Really Was Charlie Brown

While Charlie Brown and his creator, Charles Schulz, share a first name, the character was actually named after one of Schulz’s art school friends, …

15 Delightful Flapper-Era Words for “Awesome”

<b>By Arika Okrent</b><p><i>Nothing is as delightful as GEICO’s customer service, but these amazing examples of flapper slang are pretty terrific.</i><p>Slang historians …

Neurophilosophy

Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations?

Let’s picture a typical moment in my day: I’m minding my own business, with my iPhone in my back pocket. Suddenly, my left cheek is shaking as the …

12 Proposed Sequels That Thankfully Never Happened

While unoriginal sequels have become commonplace, there are still <i>some</i> films that remain sacred, despite the sometimes decades of persistent rumors …

Armie Hammer

10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes for His Birthday

<i>Today would have been Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday. Here are 10 things he said about his life, his work, his inspiration, and bow ties.</i><p><b>1.</b> On how a …

Broadway Theatre

11 Functional Homemade TARDISes

<i>The first episode of Doctor Who aired 50 years ago today! Celebrate with this round-up of homemade TARDISes from the archives.</i><p>TARDIS is an acronym …

Armie Hammer

Hook-Ups, Friendships and the New Rules of ‘Dibs’ for Teen Boys

Rosalind Wiseman, author of <i>Queen Bees and Wannabes,</i> the 2002 book that mapped girl social hierarchies and inspired the film Mean Girls, is back with …

The Word of the Year Is...

Every year, Oxford Dictionaries names a Word of the Year, the word “that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular …

Language

Sex Parties, Scandal, and Booze: 5 Naughty Princesses

No one over the age of Disney really believes that being a princess is really all it's cracked up to be, that it is a viable career option, or that …

Breaking Bad Alternate Ending Where Malcolm in the Middle’s Dad Hal Wakes Up From a Newhart Style Nightmare

Imagine if the entire run of Breaking Bad was actually a deep-fried Twinkie fueled nightmare from which <i>Malcolm in the Middle’s</i> goofy dad Hal …

15 Wonderful Words for Delightful Experiences

<b>By Arika Okrent</b><p><i>Today, we’re teaming up with GEICO to crank out some incredible lists full of delight, and what could be more delightful than always</i> …

The Origins of 15 Delightful Snacks

Knowing the origins of these tasty treats is pretty sweet.<p>1. S'MORES<p>It's a s'mystery who invented this chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker treat. …

S'Mores

9 Crazy Things People Found Inside Their Walls

The Ballad of the Walled-Up Wife chronicles the story of hapless masons who are incapable of building a wall that will last. After years of failure, …

Literature

10 Facts About Poison

This weekend, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History opens its latest exhibit, The Power of Poison. There, visitors will get up close and …

Literature

11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

Haters gonna hate. And with the Greek roots <i>mis-</i> and <i>miso-</i>, they can hate a whole lot of stuff.<p>1. Misodoctakleidist<p>Someone who hates practicing the …

Baking

12 R.L. Stine Quotes for His Birthday

You would never know from his books that <i>Goosebumps</i> and <i>Fear Street</i> author R.L. Stine used to write joke books for kids under the name Jovial Bob …

Literature

9 Gross and Gruesome Goodies for Your Halloween Party

The treats in this list are all totally edible, despite their appearance. They were designed mostly for Halloween parties, but if you are planning a …

Armie Hammer

Where Does the Phrase “To Turn the Tables” Come From?

According the Oxford English Dictionary, if you “turn the tables” on someone, it is generally understood that you have reversed the fortunes in your …

Mardi Gras

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 …