The History of Monopoly

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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time

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MOLLY RILEY, AFP/Getty Images

19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

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Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

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A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

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Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense.

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Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

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How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us.

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The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

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15 Must-Try Peach Dishes from Around the Country. Better get started if you want to try them all at the peak of the season.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

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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!

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