Figure Skating Jumps, Explained

Richard Heathcote, Getty Images
Richard Heathcote, Getty Images

Figure Skating Jumps, Explained. We all become experts for two weeks every four years, so we might need to brush up on what's happening on the ice.

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Thank These Master Alchemists for the Magic of Alcohol. Distilled spirits are a product of the Islamic Golden Age.

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Meet the Women Who Led the Klondike Gold Rush. The northern frontier enticed those looking for riches, freedom, and adventure.

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The Story of Honest Abe’s Family Tree. What happened to President Lincoln's descendants?

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Why Do We Need to Sleep? While we still don't know the answer, a lab doing pure sleep research has learned a lot about the process.

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What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach Us About Coping With the Internet. Our online footprints exist forever, like time-traveling aliens.

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Conjoined Twins Abby and Brittany Hensel are Now Fifth Grade Math Teachers. While students may expect two different perspectives, the sisters are perfectly in sync.

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9 Pre-Lenten Treats from Around the World. Even if you don't observe Lent, Shrove Tuesday is a great day for indulging in traditionally rich sweets.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images
Bill Ingalls, NASA via Getty Images

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun. The spacecraft is designed to withstand 2500-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

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In the 1960s, the U.S. Government Set Off a Pair of Nukes Under Mississippi. The first underground tests were a strange experience for those living above it.

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Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes). For some species, looks can mean the difference between becoming a daddy and becoming dinner.

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Pizza Delivery Man Plays Beethoven for Customers. Let's hope he got a generous tip.

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For Sale: Your Under the Tuscan Sun Fixer-Upper Awaits. A look inside the ruins of an abandoned Italian villa you could purchase.

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What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? Aaron Alon gradually applies consistent pronunciation to vowels until it doesn't sound like English at all.

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The 60 Greatest Capes in Movie History. In no way limited to superheroes, they have graced the shoulders of cinemas's most amazing characters.

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14 Antique Roller Coasters You Can Still Ride. Some are over 100 years old!

Cities Where You Don’t Need AC or Heat

Downtown Mexico City at twilight
Downtown Mexico City at twilight
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Cities of the World Where You Don’t Need AC or Heat. There are 13 cities that fill the bill, and quite a few more that have rather nice temperatures.

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With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee Turns a Dull Memoir Into an Energetic Crowd-Pleaser. A movie with a message can still be exciting and even funny.

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After 100 Years, Roald Amundsen’s Polar Ship Returns to Norway. The Maud is safe, despite a century of bad luck and failed voyages.

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You Should Get Your Coffee Before Boarding Your Flight. If the flight attendants won't drink the water on a plane, neither should you.

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40 Vintage Portraits of Extremely Handsome Victorian Men With Mustaches. Many resemble one modern movie star or another.

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The Rise of Identity Condiments. How you feel about mayonnaise can signify your generational status, whether you use it or not.

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America is Terrible at Summer Vacation. About half of us will take no time off at all.

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Trebitsch Lincoln, the Nazis' Would-Be Supernatural Weapon. The double agent harnessed the wishful thinking of those around him.

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