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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… >>

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5 of the Most Epic Animal Migrations

By land, air, and sea these animals that migrate travel hundreds or even thousands of miles for… >>

The Best Art Books to Give as Gifts
The Best Art Books to Give as Gifts

Socks and underwear may come and go, but these beautiful art books will be enjoyed for years to… >>

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Which of Your Favorite ’90s Bands Are Still Rocking It?

Yes, these groups are still going strong in the 21st century. >>

9 Creepy Real Experiments That Sound Like Science Fiction
9 Creepy Real Experiments That Sound Like Science Fiction

Scientists growing human brains in mice? It sounds like science-fiction, but it's happening right… >>

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Top 13 Christmas Movies for Kids

We recap the classics—and offer a few recommendations you may have missed—in this… >>

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Who’s Responsible for These Swimmers’ Deaths?

Did these beach-goers go in the ocean at their own risks, or did the city of Miami Beach have a… >>

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12 Common Phrases You Never Knew Were From the Bible

No book in history has contributed more phrases to the English language than the King James Bible… >>