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Why Do Seashells Sound Like the Ocean?

What is it about seashells that makes them sound like the beach at which you found them? >>

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Here’s How to Take Superior Pictures With Your Smartphone

Smartphones have great cameras built in, yet tapping a button on the screen often sends a small… >>

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10 Amelia Earhart Quotes to Propel You to Greatness

We can all learn a thing or two from this pioneer of flight, who paved the way for women in… >>

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Why 26.2 Miles Is a Marathon and Other Number Trivia

Ever wonder why February has 28 days or bank PINs have four digits? >>

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6 Indispensable Apps for People Who Love Books

Make your book life better with tools that help you find the time and reading material you want. >>

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Word Power: How Do Others See You?

The confidence you project hugely affects how others perceive you. Test yourself on these words… >>

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5 Animals With Unusual Superpowers

These creatures can do amazing things. >>

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8 Intimate Animal Portraits That Will Stop You in Your Tracks

We're used to seeing animals in vivid color, which may be one reason Boza Ivanovic's photographs… >>

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8 Cool Things to See in the Night Sky This Summer

Warm summer nights offer great stargazing conditions; keep an eye out for these celestial must-sees. >>

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5 Wacky Reasons to Love the USPS

The Postal Service has put its stamp on American history in unusual ways. >>

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Outrageous: The $99,000 Outhouse & Other Follies Your Taxes Paid For

These ridiculously expensive federal projects prove that government waste comes in all shapes and… >>

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How Biomimicry Works: Janine Benyus Explains

To biologist Janine Benyus, nature is the great inventor. >>

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The Case of the Fan in the Line of Fire

An unlucky onlooker is hit in the face by a wayward baseball. Can she sue and win? >>

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5 Creative Ways Cops Are Cutting Down on Crime

Could these innovative ideas handcuff criminals? >>

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16 Funny Family Movies That You’ll Enjoy, Too

Here's what gets the laughs with a 21st-century audience. >>

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17 Memoirs Everyone Should Read

Looking for something splendid to read? These brilliant stories, old and new, stand the test of… >>

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25 of the Most Memorable Movie Quotes of All Time

Did your favorites make our list? >>

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Are You a Creative Creature or the Village Videot?

Living is more than watching and listening. It is doing. (This Reader's Digest classic short story… >>

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Love a Good Thriller? OJ Prosecutor Marcia Clark’s 8 All-Time Favorites

Marcia Clark knows nail-biting crime stories—after all, she was the lead prosecutor on the O.J… >>