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Which Country Was Basically Founded by Teenagers?
Which Country Was Basically Founded by Teenagers?

Don’t let the powdered wigs fool you. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, America's… >>

What You Should Know About the Keystone XL Pipeline
What You Should Know About the Keystone XL Pipeline

Read up on this controversial project that could affect gas prices, the environment, and more. >>

Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.
Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.

It's insanity to kill your father with a kitchen knife. It's also insanity to close hospitals, fire… >>

9 Things You Never Knew About the Secret Service
9 Things You Never Knew About the Secret Service

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

Sorry: Dolphins Aren't Smiling
Sorry: Dolphins Aren’t Smiling

A dolphin's "smile" is actually an illusion. So is our belief that these animals can heal. >>

Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot
Inside the Dirty World of an Outlaw Pilot

They'll run food or medicine, guns or drugs, for the highest bidder. They'll fly in planes that are… >>

The RD Interview: Bob Costas
The RD Interview: Bob Costas

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

20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All
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… >>

The RD Interview: Sonia Sotomayor
The RD Interview: Sonia Sotomayor

Americans know her as a justice on our nation’s highest court, but this salsa-dancing… >>

Who's the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?
Who’s the Rightful Heir to This Family Fortune?

A few weeks after their aunt's death, the Nixon children received a letter from the bank explaining… >>

Profile in Courage: The Firefighters
Profile in Courage: The Firefighters

In June 2013, 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives fighting one of the worst wildfires in… >>

Profile in Courage: The Citizen
Profile in Courage: The Citizen

Off-duty Army Specialist Michael Menchaca put his life in danger to save a man in a wheelchair who… >>

What Makes Someone Brave?
What Makes Someone Brave?

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

Laughterpedia: The Best Jokes of 2013
Laughterpedia: The Best Jokes of 2013

Relive the laughs from A to Z. >>

9 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Inspire
9 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Inspire

On December 5, Nelson Mandela, the South African politician and champion of anti-apartheid, passed… >>

7 Smart Books About Technology Today
7 Smart Books About Technology Today

A graphic novel, a gripping origin story, a cautionary tale: these are some of the most interesting… >>

Year in Review: The Best Quotes of 2013
Year in Review: The Best Quotes of 2013

As 2013 winds down, we reflect on the words—funny and serious—that proved to be history in the… >>

John F. Kennedy Quotes: 9 Lasting Thoughts
John F. Kennedy Quotes: 9 Lasting Thoughts

A look at the Kennedy family's legacy through President John F. Kennedy's enduring words and images. >>