The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel

Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

*

Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

*

Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

*

Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

*

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

*

Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

*

How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

*

Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

iStock
iStock

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

*

The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human. After being raised in a human home, it took years for Lucy to learn to be an ape again.

*

The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

*

These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

*

Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

*

The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

*

America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

*

15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.

Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own?

iStock
iStock

Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own? Brain experiments shed light on our personal filters.

*

Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka. Homemade stilts driven into the sand make for a grueling yet productive haul.

*

11 Horror Movies it's Safe to Watch With Your Kids. They don't cross the line from scary to traumatizing, but you'll still want to check the details.

*

Tracing the Mysterious “Turks” of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary War. Hundreds of descendants of Joseph Benenhaley still live in Sumter County.

*

The Dad-Joke Doctrine. Clean and simple jokes are embarrassing, comforting, and they bond generations together.

*

A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull. Patches is a pioneer for what might some day be available for human patients.

*

The Wardrobe Team at Saturday Night Live Works With No Margin for Error. Costume changes have been done in as little as 10 seconds.

*

The 19th Century Manual That Claimed the Color Blue Could Cure All Ills. Augustus J. Pleasanton was responsible for the "blue glass craze."

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER