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October 8, 2019

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs

October 3, 2019

Trick or Treating Isn't What It Used to Be

October 2, 2019

The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery

October 1, 2019

The Devastating Truth About National Avocado Day

September 30, 2019

The Professional Triumph of Firstborns

September 27, 2019

Start-Ups Aren't Cool Anymore

September 26, 2019

The Great Virginia Grape Heist

September 25, 2019

The Milky Way's Stolen Stars

September 24, 2019

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

September 23, 2019

The Not-So-Great Reason Divorce Rates Are Declining

September 20, 2019

Explaining Chinese Restaurants, Korean Dry Cleaning, and Indian Motels

September 19, 2019

A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth

September 18, 2019

The Humanification of Pet Food Is Nearly Complete

September 17, 2019

A Shocking Number of Killers Murder Their Co-workers

September 16, 2019

Do Married Millennials Cheat on Each Other

September 13, 2019

The Owl Thieves of Sweden

September 12, 2019

Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It

September 11, 2019

How WWI's Zeppelin Bombings Popularized 'Pyjamas'

September 10, 2019

Americans Are Weirdly Obsessed With Paper Towels

September 9, 2019

Watch Your Wallet

September 6, 2019

Choke Proof Food That Taste Like the Real Thing

September 5, 2019

Dogs' Eyes Have Changed Since Humans Befriended Them

September 4, 2019

Human Made Drones by Copying Bird. Birds are Fighting Back

September 3, 2019

Dude, She's (Exactly 25 Percent) Out of Your League

September 2, 2019

China's New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

August 30, 2019

Why Do People Sign Yearbooks

August 29, 2019

The Reason Many Ultra-Rich People Aren't Satisfied with Their Wealth

August 28, 2019

What Kids Are Really Learning About Slavery

August 27, 2019

Could Self Driving Trucks Be Good for Truckers

August 26, 2019

Why Are So Few Male Students Studying Abroad

August 23, 2019

Workplace Theft Is on the Rise

August 22, 2019

Who Still Buys Wite-Out, and Why

August 21, 2019

People Who Pay People to Kill People

August 20, 2019

The Power of One Push-Up

August 19, 2019

The Way Americans Think About Chores Is Bizzare

August 16, 2019

Why New Zealanders Love DIY Coffins

August 15, 2019

Big In Bolivia: Zebras in the Streets

August 14, 2019

If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef

August 13, 2019

Why Americans Don’t Cheat On Their Taxes

August 12, 2019

The Benefits of Being Cold

August 9, 2019

In The Future Everything Will Be Made Of Chickpeas

August 8, 2019

Why Coal Symbolizes Naughtiness

August 7, 2019

Why Do Boys Have More Leisure Time Than Teen Girls

August 6, 2019

Why We Think Cats Are Psychopaths

August 5, 2019

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

August 2, 2019

Your Dog Feels No Shame

August 1, 2019

Power Causes Brain Damage

July 31, 2019

Why Airplane Food Is So Bad

July 30, 2019

When Meth Was An Antidepressant

July 29, 2019

When Knowledge Is Unforgettable

July 26, 2019

What It's Like to Evacuate a Museum During a Natural Disaster

July 25, 2019

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

July 24, 2019

The Surprising Reason Zebras Have Stripes

July 23, 2019

The Scent of True Love

July 22, 2019

The People Who Eat the Same Thing Everyday

July 19, 2019

The Case for Drinking As Much Coffee As You Like

July 18, 2019

The Forgiveness Boost

July 17, 2019

The Case for Locking Up Your Phone

July 16, 2019

The Best Skincare Trick

July 15, 2019

How Tea Helped Women Sell Suffrage

July 12, 2019

Remember When You Could Call the Time

July 11, 2019

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

July 10, 2019

How to Stop Hating Your Least Favorite Food

July 9, 2019

Masters of Love

July 8, 2019

Raised By YouTube

July 5, 2019

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

July 4, 2019

Buy Experiences, Not Things

July 3, 2019

Big In Japan_ Tiny Food

July 2, 2019

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Nonhuman Language

July 1, 2019

We Can't Do Much Worse Than Men

June 28, 2019

How Your Dog Knows When You’re Sick

June 27, 2019

How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

June 26, 2019

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

June 25, 2019

Fear of Humans Is Making Animal Around the World Go Nocturnal

June 24, 2019

Do Babies Know the Difference Between Face Time and TV

June 21, 2019

One of Antarctica's Most Celebrated Relics Isn't What It Seems

June 20, 2019

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

June 19, 2019

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

June 18, 2019

How to Sway a Baboon Despot

June 14, 2019

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

May 16, 2019

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