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1970s-Era Popeye the Sailor Is Here to Give You Career Advice 1970s-Era Popeye the Sailor Is Here to Give You Career Advice

Unlike actors and Ashton Kutcher, cartoon characters can’t decide what products or ideologies they endorse in their off-time. Snoopy has no say in whether he sells MetLife. The Ninja Turtles most definitely get high—they are pizza-eating sword collectors named after artists—but they have to warn kids off drugs anyway.…

Why Everyone Seems to Know the Same Urban Legends Why Everyone Seems to Know the Same Urban Legends

You know that creepy urban legend you heard about that thing in your town? Yeah, someone is probably telling that very same story in another part of the country right now. Here’s why everybody seems to know the same spooky stories, no matter where they are.

Why Friday the 13th Is Considered to Be Bad Luck  Why Friday the 13th Is Considered to Be Bad Luck 

Why is Friday the 13th considered to be so unlucky? It’s part math, part history, and part pop culture.

The Real History of Columbus Day The Real History of Columbus Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Yet he sailed for the Spanish, landed in the Caribbean, and was kind of a jerk. So, uh, why is this a U.S. holiday again?

Davy Crockett's Best Life Lessons Davy Crockett's Best Life Lessons

Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.

Why Butter Used to Have Its Own Food Group Why Butter Used to Have Its Own Food Group

Today’s kids have MyPlate. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. My parents categorized grub into four food groups. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.

Fix a Bad Education (or Augment a Good One) With These Videos Fix a Bad Education (or Augment a Good One) With These Videos

Some people got a great high school education. But some of us were sent to an evangelical Christian school, where we learned that evolution is a lie, Columbus was a cool dude, and Catholics are faking it. For us, and anyone else who suspects their education could use a revisionist refresh, there’s the free YouTube…

Three History Podcasts That Aren’t “Hardcore History” Three History Podcasts That Aren’t “Hardcore History”

Nothing against Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History,” but it seems to eat up all the publicity for history podcasts. That’s a shame, because the podcast format is a fantastic way to dive into a thirty-hour history of the French Revolution, or snack on a 12-minute account of how Warren G. Harding, betrayed by his corrupt…

Find the Confederate Monuments in Your Area with This New Tool Find the Confederate Monuments in Your Area with This New Tool

Last weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville originally began as a “Unite the Right” white supremacist protest against the re-location of a Robert E. Lee statue in a public park. Since then, Donald Trump has been busy defending the statue (and comparing confederate generals to George Washington), while officials…

Get Smart With Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions Get Smart With Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions

Replace your annoying “Did you know?” factoids with even more annoying “Actually that’s fake” corrections. Wikipedia features a massive list of common misconceptions about history, science, and more. I check it once a year to refresh my smugness.

There's More to Bastille Day Than Parades and Explosions—A Primer for Trump's Visit There's More to Bastille Day Than Parades and Explosions—A Primer for Trump's Visit

Today is Bastille Day in France, and President Trump is there to celebrate it. But why? And what exactly is the holiday all about?

This Web App Maps Out North America's Indigenous History This Web App Maps Out North America's Indigenous History

Ask any person to name a Native American tribe and you’ll probably come up with the same handful of names (or a blank stare). But visualization tool Native Land can help you identify hundreds of tribes, even ones in your current town. It’s a colorful and informative visualization and gateway to a history of which you…

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Without Being an Ignorant Jerk How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Without Being an Ignorant Jerk

It’s Cinco de Mayo, a day where a lot of people drink tequila and eat Mexican food in commemoration of...

The Real History of St. Patrick’s Day The Real History of St. Patrick’s Day

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think of green beer, shot glass necklaces that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish,” and everybody talking about how Irish they suddenly are. That’s all well and good, but I bet you don’t know much about the holiday’s origins, or the saint it celebrates. Well, take off that stupid…

Explore the Locations of Every Fossil Ever Found With This Interactive Tool Explore the Locations of Every Fossil Ever Found With This Interactive Tool

Whether you’re an educator, or just have an interest in paleobiology as a hobby, this interactive fossil finding tool is incredible.

What Happens to Record-Breaking Food After It Wins, Color Photos from the 1900s, and a Three-Minute Trip Around the Universe What Happens to Record-Breaking Food After It Wins, Color Photos from the 1900s, and a Three-Minute Trip Around the Universe

This week we’re checking out what happens to the world’s biggest burger, pizza, or other record-setting food after it sets those records, taking a quick trip around the universe, checking out some of the earliest color photos of life around the world, and staying productive in terrible times.

10 Beautiful Sunsets, the Loneliest Places on Earth, and How the Internet Crosses Oceans 10 Beautiful Sunsets, the Loneliest Places on Earth, and How the Internet Crosses Oceans

This week we’re checking out 10 beautiful sunsets you should absolutely travel to see, talking about how the internet manages to span entire oceans and keep you connected, looking at how far you can get away from any other human being, and more.

The Truth About that McDonald's Hot Coffee Lawsuit, Overpopulation Explained, and the Original Moonwalkers The Truth About that McDonald's Hot Coffee Lawsuit, Overpopulation Explained, and the Original Moonwalkers

In this first Brain Buffet of the new year, we’re busting myths and inspiring you to do your best. First, the truth about that infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit, and some facts about human overpopulation. Then watch some serious focus at work, see an artist at craft, and more.

Interesting Facts About Every Country in the World, The Limits of Humanity, and The Year in Search Interesting Facts About Every Country in the World, The Limits of Humanity, and The Year in Search

In this week’s all-video buffet, we’re looking back over 2016's highlights and depths, theorizing over the limits of human space travel, even in the best case, watching a crazy chemistry experiment, and exploring some interesting facts about every country in the world.

Browse Historic Points of Interest Across the Country With This Interactive Map Browse Historic Points of Interest Across the Country With This Interactive Map

A professor at the University of Waterloo created an interactive map with 49,603 historic points of interest. It’s meant to be a research project, but it’s actually a pretty fun tool for browsing sites and planning travel.

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