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This is the Best-Selling Greeting Card of All-Time

Since 1916, Hallmark has churned out billions of greeting cards, but no single card has had the staying power of the legendary Pansy Card—the king of the racks. Somehow the notoriously bland card was a rock star from the get-go. Back when it debuted for Mother’s Day in 1939, kids plunked down a hard-earned nickel for [...]

A Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about as American as it gets. Funny, then, that the book was released in England well before it hit shelves in the U.S. Funny, except to author Mark Twain, whose greatest work was almost derailed by a strange prank. Image credit: University of Virginia Library Special Collections Twain was unhappy with [...]

The Most Imaginitive Playground Around

From Easter Island statues to  crashed plane to climbable lighthouses,these playgrounds by Monstrum are some of the coolest I’ve ever seen. In fact, it kind of makes me want to go to Denmark just so I can go play inside the belly of a whale or climb on the webs dangling under a spider’s belly. Link [...]

Easter Island heads have full bodies

New archaological digs on Easter Island have revealed tall bodies buried beneath the stone heads. While most of the statues on the enigmatic island ap…

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” Was Written by Shel Silverstein

To celebrate what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday, let’s look behind the scenes of his classic hit about a boy seeking revenge on the father who gave him a girl’s name. © Chris Hoffmann/dpa/Corbis / © Jeff Albertson/CORBIS In February 1969, Johnny Cash had a party at his house in Hendersonville, TN. As the evening [...]

10 Other Organizations “Without Borders”

Most of us have heard of the international NGOs Doctors Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders, and you might know about Reporters Without Borders. But what about Monks Without Borders? Or Clowns? Here’s a list of borderless organizations you really should hear about. 1. Bikes Without Borders Bikes Without Borders is a Canadian non-profit group that [...]

6 Hugely Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else

Some of the world’s most famous, civilization-altering discoveries happened by accident. Take Penicillin, for example. The guy who discovered it, Sir Alexander Fleming, simply forgot to clean up his work station one night and returned to discover the world’s first antibiotic growing right there in his unwashed petri dish. But that’s not what this particular [...]

Is Your Name to Blame for All Your Problems?

Name tag image via Shutterstock As Juliet bemoans the grudge her family has against Romeo’s based on their names, she says, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Apparently, there’s a lot more in a name than Juliet thought—especially if your name is Mandy or [...]

9 Really Old Photos of Very Serious Children Posing With Toys

The Musée McCord Museum has a Flickr account with some fantastic images in the public domain, including these 1860s vintage shots of children posing with their toys. I have a theory about why people always look so serious in old photos. When it came to posing for pictures, the camera took over from the oil painting. [...]

11 Geeky License Plates

Who doesn’t love a good vanity plate? You know, the ones where people clearly put in a lot of creative effort to express themselves while simultaneously getting a rise out of other drivers on the road. Here are 11 I found particularly witty. Oh, and the last one on the list really does go to [...]