World’s Strangest

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The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it’s time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals Bahrain Getty Images Bahrain thought [...]

New Maya ‘end date’ monument unearthed

The 1,300-year-old text has been found carved in to stone steps at La Corona in Guatemala. The text, the longest ever found in Guatemala, depicts 200 …

Watch This Little Monkey Enjoy Dinner

(Video Link) Admittedly, you probably won’t want to watch all ten minutes of this video although it is undoubtedly adorable, it still is a long time to watch this little spider monkey munch on his dinner. In case you were wondering, this little guy isn’t a pet, he was orphaned and is being cared for at [...]

10 Uninhabited Islands and Why Nobody Lives on Them

The internet has embraced the story of Brendon Grimshaw over the past couple of weeks. Grimshaw did what so many dream of doing: he bought an island. He purchased Moyenne Island in the Indian Ocean in 1964 for $20,000, quit his job in 1973 to move there, and spent the past 40 years developing it [...]

Mayan calendar – world doesn’t end in 2012

The oldest ever Mayan calendar has been unearthed by archaeologists at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala. For years the fact that the Mayan calendar appea…

Dia De Los Muertos

Today is Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It has nothing to do with Halloween, and very little to do with All Saints Day. Although the day is usually associated with Mexico, it is also celebrated in Guatemala, Brazil, Spain, and parts of the U.S. Day of the Dead is a time for [...]

The Late Movies: 10 Great Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (on Netflix)

If you haven’t discovered Netflix and its instant streaming feature yet, it’s pretty magical. I watch so many more movies now because of it — and I’m much more quick to turn off the ones I’m not enjoying than I would be if I were renting the movies on physical discs, which means I end [...]

The Rich History of Chocolate

This article is taken from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History. Among the ancients, it was revered as “the elixir of the gods.” Today, it is the one sweet temptation that most of us find impossible to resist. Yet, for most of its 3,500-year history, it was not eaten but rather consumed as a [...]

The Late Movies: Awesome Videos for Charity

In case you missed it, last weekend’s Project for Awesome was an incredible and sort of unprecedented outpouring of activism on behalf of (what seemed like) the entire YouTube community. Spearheaded by John and Hank Green, it galvanized hundreds of YouTubers to make videos advocating for their favorite charities (I made one too), raised over [...]