Carlene Conway

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A Handy Guide for Using the Oxford Comma

On this episode, map nerd John Green shares a few things you might not know about maps.<p>Don't miss an episode—subscribe here!<p><i>(Images and footage</i> …

Why Are Penguins So Good At Walking On Ice?

With fire, there's one ubiquitous phrase to take care of it all: Stop, drop and roll. But when it comes to the other side of the extreme-elements …

Harry Potter and the Hidden Tribute to the Young Girl

By the time <i>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</i>, the fourth book in the Harry Potter saga, was published in 2000, the series had already become a …

The Top 10 Grammar Myths

<i>Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and is known for her Grammar Girl website, podcast, and games.</i><p>Before you argue with me, read …

Linguistics

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

Why Do So Many Countries End in "-stan"?

Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? Who put the <i>-stan</i> in Afghanistan? I don’t know about the former, but we can thank the …

Wilt Chamberlain

Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world that it's hard to imagine what it would be like not to …

The Arts

100 Amazing Facts Everyone Should Know

In this week's episode, John Green zips through 100 amazing facts. Store these away for future pub quiz nights. <i>Here's a transcript courtesy of</i> …

Michael J. Fox

Donald Sterling's donations to NAACP led to latest award

LOS ANGELES -- Donald Sterling donated money for years to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, which honored the Clippers owner with a lifetime achievement award in 2009 and was planning to present him another in May until the controversy broke over his racially insensitive comments that went …

Carmelo Anthony

So Much for a 'Post-racial' America

In 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke candidly about race relations when he said, "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." He was criticized, he …

Al Sharpton

There Is Only One Way to Deal With Donald Sterling

Suspending Donald Sterling is not enough. Newsflash: it isn't going to happen, either.<p>In case you're not familiar with Sterling, he's the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a National Basketball Association organization whose roster and coaching staff is almost entirely African American. Oh, he's …

Racism

A New Perspective of the Day: Understanding Human Lifespan Through the History of the Universe

Prepared to be blown away. In a fascinating attempt at putting our everyday lives in proper perspective, the humor blog Wait But Why compiled a series of timelines growing in scale with each successive period, starting from the last 24 hours to the history of the universe since the Big Bang, which reveal a humbling perspective on just how minuscule our average lifespan is, and even the entire history of humanity itself, in comparison to the enormity of the age of the universe as we know it.

Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

<i>Reader Christah wrote to ask, “Why do our voices sound different to us than they do to other people/on recordings?” And Jenny asked on Facebook, "Why</i> …

11 Fashions the Kids Were Wearing Back in 1993

In the fall of 1993: Tupac Shakur was charged in the shooting of two off-duty police officers; Pearl Jam released their sophomore effort <i>Vs.</i>; Nirvana …

Baking

11 Things You No Longer See on Playgrounds

If it seems like today’s kids have gotten “softer” than we ever were in our youth, perhaps it’s because playgrounds have gotten softer as well. …

55 Unfortunately Unfinished Films

This week, John Green looks at 55 films that never made it to the silver screen.<p><i>Don't miss an episode—subscribe here! Images and footage provided by</i> …

Paramount Network

8 People Arrested While Dressed as Superheroes

Be warned, superhero wannabes: Squeezing into a pair of tights and grabbing the nearest cape before going out to fight for justice will more likely …

Crime

The History of the Trapper Keeper

In the fall of 1981, second grader Mike Ryan was walking through the halls of his new school when he realized something terrible: He was the only kid …

Etymology

Do the Emmy Awards Hate Kids?

It’s been a year of astounding performances by young actors—though you won’t see Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Max Burkholder (Parenthood), or any others …