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Word Power: How Artful Is Your Vocabulary?

Take our quiz to see if you've got a flair with artful words. >>

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Shh! These 8 Famous People Have Little-Known Secret Talents

Some stars do more than walk the red carpet. Can you guess what else they're good at? >>

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Best 4th of July Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Whether watching with the kids, the neighbors, or yourself, these movies are great choices around… >>

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How Corporate America Is Selling to Your Senses

One expert explains how companies want you to see, smell, touch, and buy. >>

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How Doug Bernier Keeps Hope Alive in Baseball

A sports reporter recalls the encounter that gave him new love for baseball. >>

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Paul McCartney: Candid Pictures From the 1960s

The Beatles may have played the world's largest stages, but as these photos show, Paul McCartney… >>

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Dr. Chip Thomas’ Incredible Attempt to Heal Through Art

Installing massive outdoor murals under the name "Jetsonorama," Dr. Chip Thomas is a full-time… >>

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What Children and Their Toys Look Like Around the World

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti traveled to 58 countries to photograph kids and their… >>

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Animals Are Injured in This “100 Percent Fake” Reality Show

An investigative report shatters the illusion of one of Animal Planet’s most popular programs. >>

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10 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Write Your Life Story

Everyone has a story to tell. Here's why you should write yours up. >>

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A Poison Runs Through It

The author pulls no punches when a chemical spill threatens the water supply in his native West… >>

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Reader’s Digest Recommends: What to Read This Summer

From breezy reads to life-changing lit, our books editor has found something new for everyone to… >>

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Here’s Proof Selfies Have Been Popular Since 1839

Flip through a brief history of America's favorite photo trend. >>

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When Brain Injury Leads to Brilliance

Meet five people—savants, some call them—whose lives changed irrevocably after brain damage. >>

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The Case of the Bone Marrow Buyer

Should a desperate mother be allowed to entice donors with cash? You be the judge. >>

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Photo Contest Winners: How You See America

We received more than 1,200 reader entries for our Made in America photo contest; here are the 26… >>

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Photos of Lasting Interest

Events commemorate D-Day, soldiers come home, and a daredevil sets a world record in this week's… >>

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6 Breathtaking Views of the Night Sky That You Rarely Get to See

Tyler Nordgren, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands, has a mission: to… >>