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8 Fascinating Facts about Twins

Seeing double? This year American women will give birth to more than 140,000 sets of twins. Here's… >>

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The Case of the Peeping Photographer

Can an artist take pictures of his neighbors and then sell them without permission? You be the… >>

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Falling for Math

A scholar describes how humble numbers can beautifully illuminate our world. >>

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The RD Interview: Bob Costas

If he's wearing a parka, you know it's time for another Winter Olympics. The boyish broadcaster… >>

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9 Things You Never Knew About the Secret Service

Read on for surprising facts about one of America's most private agencies. >>

On President George H.W. Bush's 65th birthday he is welcomed back to the White House by Richard Darman, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, in a gorilla costume.
8 Presidents Caught in Rare Candid Pictures

In these excerpted quotes from his book, Presidential Picture Stories, veteran photojournalist… >>

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5 Fun Facts About Pandas

Because who doesn't want to know more about the most adorable animals on the planet? >>

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A Widow’s Incredible Final Gift to Her Husband

They wouldn’t let religion, custom, or even burial come between them. >>

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7 of the Best Audio Books to Listen to Right Now

Traffic jams? Flight delays? You won't mind so much when you're listening to something terrific. >>

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6 Great Books to Read (That You Might Have Missed)

You know about the season's blockbusters, but if you want something different and exceptional… >>

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Word Nerd Quiz: When Did These Terms First Make the OED?

These eight words first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1913, 1963 or 2013. Can you… >>

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Can a Judge Force Parents to Change a Baby’s Name?

They didn’t name their son Messiah because it means God, and they didn’t think a judge could… >>

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Wil Wheaton: Why It’s Great to Be a Nerd

An expectant mother at a comics convention asked a Star Trek actor to tell her unborn daughter why… >>

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What Makes Someone Brave?

Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn toward danger and… >>

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20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All

Optimism is Reader's Digest's middle name, so we reached out to thought leaders, authors, and… >>

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Awesome Nerd Quotes for Proud Geeks Everywhere

There's something great about being a geek. (Take it from someone who wrote a 100-page thesis on… >>

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Should This Woman Be Sent Back to Prison?

She was a fugitive, yes. But for almost two thirds of her life, she’d also been a law-abiding… >>

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You Be the Judge: The Nightmare Neighbor

In the four months after a loud tenant arrived, a neighbor sent 17 letters of complaint to the… >>

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When Lightning Strikes a Golfer, Is the Course Responsible?

The caddie master learned of lightning in the area and set off in a cart with the club pro to get… >>

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Google Street View: 9 Spectacular Sights You Couldn’t See Until Now

Google Street View has been around since 2007, but the tech giant has recently expanded the service… >>