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12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

Traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate found

A plate found in the Yucatan peninsula appears to show traces of ancient chocolate residue. The find is thought to expand upon the known uses for choc…

Viking chief’s burial ship found in Scotland

An ancient 1000-year-old Viking chieftan’s burial ship has been found on a Scottish peninsula. Situated on the remote West Coast of Scotland, Ardnamur…

Don’t “Chai” and “Tea” Both Mean the Same Thing?

Next time you order a chai tea from your corner coffee shop, take a moment and appreciate your killer multi-lingual skills. After all, etymologically speaking, the words “chai” and “tea” refer to exactly the same thing, just in different languages. So what’s the deal? Almost five thousand years ago, when folks in China started sipping a [...]