Quiz: Name That Group of Animals

Wolves hunt in packs. Birds fly in flocks. From a herd of cattle to a school of fish, you’re probably familiar with at least a few collective nouns that describe animals in groups. However, the animal kingdom is pretty big, so we’re willing to bet there are more than a few terms you might not …

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The Weirdest Museums in the World

When you think about the word “museum,” certain images might come to mind: ancient artifacts encased in glass. Fancy art displays. Pristine, white walls. Certainly not a collection of ventriloquist dummies that look like presidents, or a room full of rocks that vaguely resemble faces. As it turns out, while esteemed art and history museums …

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Books Your High School English Teacher Definitely Made You Read

We’ve all been there: sitting in English class, either working on an essay or catching up on our teacher’s required reading list. And whether or not we love to read, most of us have come across at least one book along the way that inspired us or made us think about the world in a …

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Shakespeare Invented 1,700 words and You’re Using More Than You Think!

When you think of Shakespeare you probably think of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet holding a skull while he says, “To be or not to be,” and a photo of the Bard himself wearing some ruffles around his collar. You may also remember trying to read his plays in English class and thinking, “What the heck …

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Fascinating Maps from Around the World

Why are we fascinated with maps? First created to help old-timey people navigate the globe – and still used today on our GPS systems to find the nearest Starbucks – maps definitely serve an important function. Sometimes, however, they simply serve to educate and entertain.  These maps show the relationships between states and countries, and …

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The Most Extraordinary Female Firsts to Ever Go Down in History

Obvious to most, women face countless life barriers, simply because of their gender. But despite those confines, plenty of women have taken innovative, critical risks to achieve the “unachievable” and change the world for the better. Whether it’s becoming the first female billionaire (Oprah, we’re looking at you) or making history as the first woman …

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Accidental Inventions: How These Common Things Were Discovered

Not all accidents are a bad thing, and these inventions are proof! From clumsy chemists leaving out petri dishes for weeks, to shaky chefs dropping noodles into deep fryers, some of the most incredible inventions are byproducts of human mistakes. We make mistakes all the time, but none of ours have ever ended up becoming …

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People of the Wild West: A Look Back in Time

When we think of the Wild West we usually think of duels, saloons, and player pianos. We also think of black and white photographs that time has tinted with antique browns and yellows.  As a result, we tend to think of the people who lived back then as being–well–black and white. We don’t think of …

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This Day in History

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