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11 of the Richest People in History

Coming up with a definitive list of the richest people of all time is almost impossible, thanks to the difficulties that arise with comparing different currencies and adjusting for inflation over thousands of years. But these 11 men were up there in the 0.001 percent of their time—and they were all just a little bit [...]

Drawn to Facts No. 005: A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots

Illustration by: Jacob Hanover Fact:A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots. Check out all of our illustrated facts here.

11 Toys You Only Played With at the Doctor’s Office

The best part of going to the doctor’s office as a kid… 1. Waterful Ring-Toss Image via eBay 2. Fisher Price Parking Garage Image via Etsy 3. Magna Doodle Image via Etsy 4. Highlights Image via Etsy 5. The Medical Kit (naturally) Image via Etsy 6. Memory Image via Etsy 7. Guess Who Image via Reddit 8. The Rollercoaster Image via The Toy Bag 9. Little Golden [...]

Star Wars, As Recreated by My Little Pony

(Video Link) As we already know, Star Wars is heavily derivative of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (or the reverse, I forget which). Animator Jacob Kitts brings us the original trilogy as it was meant to be. Best of all, he presents the correct Han/Greedo shooting order. -via io9

The Longest Straight Staircase in the World Has 699 Steps

Team, today’s stair running drill is going to be a doozy. Pictured above is Jacob’s Ladder, a staircase in the UK Overseas Territory of Saint Helena. Settlers built it as an inclined plane in 1829 to help bring agricultural products into Jamestown, the capital of the island. The staircase is now accessible to tourists, but [...]

The Quick 10: A Christmas Carol

It was 168 years ago this week that Tiny Tim and Ebeneezer Scrooge made their debut. In 1843, Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic was published in England. Despite the fact that it’s been around for ages, there are a few things you might not know about A Christmas Carol: 1. A Christmas Carol must hold some sort [...]

Troopertrek: Stormtrooper Walks Across Australia for Charity

In a continent far far away, a young adventurer named Jacob French is walking solo across the vast land of Australia. It’s an epic journey with a noble cause, but what made it truly Neatorama-worthy is that Jacob is doing so while wearing a Stormtrooper outfit: Mr French, 20, started his ”Troopertrek” on Monday and aims to [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Chapter Three

I’m beginning to feel like Charles Dickens, serializing my novel like this! Actually, it’s fun — I love hearing readers’ reactions to discrete chunks of the book, although it sounds like many of you have given up reading for fear of spoiling the book for yourself. But fear not! There are lots of unexpected twists [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Prologue and Chapter One

I’ve been dropping not-so-subtle hints about my upcoming YA novel for weeks now, but the day is finally here when I can share a little of it! Quirk, my publisher, is serializing the first three or four chapters, with a chapter being released every week until June 7th, the book’s release date. So without further [...]

12-year-old genius challenges the Big Bang

At 12 Jacob Barnett seems like any other kid – but there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye. With an IQ of 170 Barnett taught himself calculus, al…