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How Does China Enforce Its One-Baby Policy?

© Roy Hsu/Blend Images/Corbis Most people have heard that in China, you’re only allowed to have one kid. But does that apply to everyone? And how is that enforced? How did this whole thing start? When Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, he envisioned China as a superpower. A great nation would [...]

Not Your Parents’ Action Figures

Action figures began with Habro’s introduction of G.I. Joe in 1964. Since then, they’ve become associated with the marketing of TV, film, and comic book characters. But those are just the ones you see all the time. If you look, you’ll find just about anyone available as an action figure, which can spur imaginative play, [...]

5 Tyrants Who Died Relatively Peaceful Deaths (and 5 Who Weren’t So Lucky)

According to Herodotus, when the Athenian lawgiver Solon visited Croesus, the fabulously wealthy king of Lydia, Croesus — showing off his riches and sumptuous palace — asked Solon who the happiest man in the world was, arrogantly assuming Solon’s answer would be the king himself. But the king was disappointed and angry when Solon named [...]