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6 Things That Could Happen During a Plane Flight, and Whether You Should Actually Worry About Them

I withdrew my hand and continued flying the plane with my armrests. After landing, I sought a better authority on what to worry about in the air than someone who believes the moon is made of cheese.<p>Three pilots were happy to take me through the most common things that worry antsy airplane …

14 ways people smuggle drugs into music festivals

<i>Editor's note: Mashable does not condone the use of illegal drugs, and discourages anyone from smuggling them in violation of event policy.</i><p>Miley …

Festivals

21 Annoying Things You Notice When You Rewatch Disney Movies As An Adult

<b>1.</b> Wait… how did Pocahontas learn how to speak English in sixty seconds?<p><b>2.</b> Do any of these princesses have noses? Or just a couple of lines that <i>imply</i> …

My top 10 quotes on failure

Every person, and especially every entrepreneur, should embrace failure with open arms. It is only through failure that we learn. Many of the world’s …

Top 10

Why Do Paper Cuts Hurt So Much?

There are a couple things at play here, some involving the paper, some involving your skin.<p>For one thing, what part of your body comes in contact …

Ronald Reagan

13 Strange Signs And Unnecessary Warning Labels

Most of the products we buy, from clothing to power tools, carry some kind of warning label on them. Some are useful, others should be common sense, …

17 Euphemisms for Sex From the 1800s

While shoe-horning these into conversation today might prove difficult, these 17 synonyms for sex were used often enough in 19th-century England to …

Literature

27 9-1-1 Operators Share The Craziest Calls They’ve Ever Received

Found on AskReddit.<p>DEATH-RELATED INCIDENTS<p>Had a call for a brother who killed his other brother with a hammer (the pick part) while the victim’s …

21 Knock-Out Beauty Products Hiding At Your Drugstore

Fashion magazines are always blabbing about wearing a mix of “high and low” clothing, like maybe you pair your $$$ boots with an H&M dress. It’s …

50 People On ‘The One Story That Gives Me The Chills To This Day’

1.<p>My friend told me about something that happened to her when she was younger, about 8 or 9. She was walking home from school and got her key out to …

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

We polled some of those insiders—people who know the business and work daily to evict pesticides, genetically modified organisms, animal cruelty, social injustice, and unhealthy foods from the food supply—to find out what they know about the dark side of "convenience" foods. Take note so you can …

50 Things That Make Me A Woman

<b>1.</b> I hate wearing dresses.<p><b>2.</b> I know nothing about politics.<p><b>3.</b> I don’t know how to knit.<p><b>4.</b> Sometimes I forget to wash my face before bed.<p><b>5.</b> I haven’t …

50 More Awesome Facts (About Everything)

We can’t put down National Geographic Kids’ new book <i>5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) 2</i><i>.</i> Here are 50 more of our favorite awesome facts from its …

New Jersey

Did You Know? 25 Tidbits from Vintage Cigarette Cards

Back before rigid cardboard containers, cigarettes were only sold in soft packs. Distributors needed something to keep the packs from bending, so …

Nature

The Objects 10 Celebrities Took to the Grave

Ancient Egyptians weren't the only ones who buried their dead with meaningful artifacts. The ritual is still a common occurrence today, although our …

Christopher Walken

Worth a Watch: 5 Smart Pieces of Marriage Advice from Divorcees

The video is definitely worth watching (it’s really heartwarming, in a surprising way). But if you don’t have the time, here are the five main pointers from people who have loved and lost… and learned a thing or two along the way:<p><b>Know Yourself and Love Yourself</b><br>This first piece of advice is …

25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

<i>“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Because it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are,</i> …

15 Fascinating Explanations for How Things Got Their Colors

You know pencils are yellow, and nothing points to a classy entrance like a red carpet. But do you know how these items got their iconic colors? Here …

20 Future Stars Who Appeared on Friends

<i>Friends</i> launched the careers of its six stars—who were each making $1 million an episode by the final seasons—and welcomed a slew of A-list guests. …

TV

12 Strange Funerals and Funeral Traditions

Funerals don't necessarily have to be somber events. These memorials and traditions are heavy on quirk.<p>1. The last hurrah<p>Miriam Banks was the life of …

History

15 Bands Named After Songs by Other Bands

Musicians often get inspiration from their own record collections. Beyond musical style, on-stage persona, and look, some bands directly take their …

What's So Continental About a Continental Breakfast?

A stale bagel in a Midwest motel is a far cry from a flaky croissant at a Parisian cafe, but the sentiment is the same. The American continental …

Harry Potter

The classical roots of Harry Potter's magical spells

The classical roots of Harry Potter’s magical spells<p>It is no secret that the Harry Potter series is heavily influenced by the classics. JK Rowling …

7 Tooth Fairy Traditions From Around the World

August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day, and while plenty of Americans surely celebrated the day by employing the fairy (or fairies) and her generous …

Pop Culture

10 Disney Sidekicks That Got the Axe

Though the heroes, heroines, princes, and princesses tend to run the show over at Disney, many of your favorite animated characters would be nothing …

Christopher Walken

64 People and Their Famous Last Words

In her 2014 memoir, Ginger Alden revealed then-fiance Elvis Presley's final words before his death in 1977. During a night of sleeplessness, Presley …

New Jersey

10 Words With Difficult-to-Remember Meanings

Sometimes there are words that you've seen, read, and maybe even used in conversation whose meaning you can never keep straight. Even after looking …

Literature

46 things to accomplish before summer ends

Officially, summer ends on September 23—the first day of the autumnal equinox. But let’s be honest, summer feels like it’s over the day after Labor …