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Top 10 history quizzes of 2014

From citizenship tests to teacher challenges, 2014 has been packed with historical quizzes. Here, we round up 10 of our best ones<p><b>Could you become a</b> …

How many executions was Henry VIII responsible for?

As part of our 'History Extra explains' series, leading historians answer the burning questions you were too afraid to ask...<p>It is impossible to tell …

From the rise of the Islamic State group to the truculence of Vladimir Putin, new tensions surfaced that may presage global shifts in power and prosperity in 2015. http://bit.ly/1BffUHW

The 10 best movies of 2014: Our critic's picks

Monitor critic Peter Rainer chooses the best 10 movies of the year. What films made his list?<p>In going back over the 250-some movies I saw in 2014, I …

Why Country Music Was Drunk All Year in 2014

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and more kept the booze flowing onstage and in song, and it got messy<p>If you went to a concert in …

Music

On the Charts: There Is Taylor Swift and There Is Everybody Else

And a country-pop superstar will lead them all<p><b>REMEMBER WHEN THERE WERE 10 OR 20 TAYLOR SWIFTS EVERY YEAR?:</b> There is Taylor Swift, and there is …

Music

Watch Germans Try to Say the Word “Squirrel”

A few years ago, <i>Top Gear</i> host Jeremy Clarkson pointed out that the best way to expose a German spy would be to ask them to say the word “squirrel,” …

8 Old Wedding Traditions You Didn't Know Existed

<i>I</i>t appears that a growing number of bridal parties are celebrating the joy and solemnity of marriage by mooning the wedding photographer. Hey, how …

Weddings

50 Words That Sound Dirty But Actually Aren't

To paraphrase Krusty the Clown, comedy isn’t dirty words—it’s words that sound dirty, like <i>mukluk</i>. He’s right, of course. Some words really do sound …

31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sex From the Last 600 Years

Lexicographer Jonathon Green’s comprehensive historical dictionary of slang, <i>Green’s Dictionary of Slang</i>, covers hundreds of years of jargon, cant, …

Demographics

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The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

Monday night viewing: close encounter with enormous asteroid | Reuters

(Reuters) - An asteroid estimated to be the size of three football fields is set for its close-up on a live webcast as it whizzes by Earth on Monday, roughly a year after one exploded over Russia and injured 1,200 people.<p>Slooh Space Camera plans to track the close approach of Asteroid 2000 EM26 as …

Weirder artists make 'better' art, study shows

Scientists in Europe may have found a way for struggling artists to gain more respect: act weird. In a study published last month, researchers from the UK found that people tend to hold a higher opinion of a piece of art if the artist behind it is perceived to be eccentric, suggesting that at least …

Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called “grey matter” in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties.<p>An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and …

Researchers want your body odor to be your new ID

Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid are currently developing a new form of biometric authentication based on personal body odor. The Group of Biometrics, Biosignals and Security (GB2S), with help from the Spanish engineering consulting firm Ilía Systems Ltd, hopes that its work can …

Healthy hair: the secrets of luscious locks

Natalia V Botchkareva separates the hair-care fact from fiction and reveals when your hair is likely to look its best

Archaeologists discover 800,000-year-old footprints on an English beach

A team of archaeologists has discovered a crucial clue to human ancestry in a set of 800,000-year-old footprints left in a beachside sediment bed in England. The prints offer an important look into early human habitation in northern Europe, with height estimates suggesting the prints were left by a …

The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers

Everyone knows that Stephen King was a janitor and Ransom Riggs shared creepy old photos on mentalfloss.com. What did some other famous writers do …