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5 Times Paper Is Way Better Than Digital

Here's when to skip the impulse to reach for your phone or laptop and pick up a pen instead.


Do You Have Grit? This 3-Question Mini Quiz Can Tell You

Forget optimism, charisma, or emotional intelligence. Do you have the #1 trait that you really need to get ahead?


21 Everyday Phrases You’d Never Believe Were Invented By Shakespeare

You don't have to walk around proclaiming "to be or not to be," to bring Shakespeare into everyday conversation. Here's...


9 Weird Ways Pencils Changed the World

Why pencils are yellow, who drank graphite-infused wine, Hemingway's pointy little secret to great writing, and more.


11 Early Reading Habits That Make Young Kids Love Books

How parents read to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can have a huge impact on how much they love reading and...


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27 Classic Children’s Book Quotes Every Adult Needs To Hear

"All grown-ups were once children... but only a few of them remember it."


Unusual Facts About Dr. Seuss to Celebrate His Birthday

Celebrate the great Dr. Seuss with these surprising numbers that tell the unusual tale of his remarkable life and influence.


Editor’s Note: Fantastic First Sentences

Editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello recalls the best first sentences to ever run in 'Reader's Digest.'

5 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Real-Life Spies

Julia Child: just one secret agent among the stars.


This Is 40: Bizarre Factoids About the Number 40 You Never Knew

Science, religion, and literature all agree—you can always count on 40.


Rare, Behind-the-Scenes Photos of the Beatles from ‘Help!’

Fifty years ago, the movie Help! was released in theaters, and America and the rest of the world fell a...


7 Outrageous Things We Just Learned About Bill Murray (And 1 Incredibly Nice One)

'The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray' by Robert Schnakenberg (Quirk), is an encyclopedia of all that is Murray. Here...


The Mystery and Wonder of a Marked-Up Library Book

Author Gary Soto couldn't help but wonder, "Who was the person who'd marked up my library book?"


Read Like an NBA All-Star: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Tells Us His 10 Favorite Books

You know him as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, but Abdul-Jabbar, now a bestselling author and Time.com columnist, is also...


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8 Smart Uses for Your Kitchen Sponge You Haven’t Tried

The lowly kitchen sponge can play several important roles around the house. Here's how to use a sponge for more...


19 Things You Never Knew About Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Curious about the famously mysterious author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and the forthcoming book 'Go Set a Watchman'? Here,...

7 Photos That Prove There’s Nothing Better Than Being a Dog on Cape Cod

For our four-legged friends, heaven is a place called Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Just take a look at these crazy-happy canines...


Finish This Sentence: The Title of My Autobiography Would Be…

Finish this sentence below, then go to facebook.com/readersdigest for a chance to complete the newest sentence.


7 of the World’s Most Adorable Grandmas Share Their Favorite, Classic Recipes

There are few things in this world that bring people together like a good meal. In the new book In...


7 Shockingly Beautiful Art Installations That Will Stop You In Your Tracks

What happens when you suspend a giant disco ball above a city walkway during the night? People look up from...


A Peek Inside Cuba: 8 Never-Before-Seen Photos From Beyond Havana

With direct flights between the U.S. and Cuba starting this summer, many people will begin to explore the once-inaccessible island...

5 Geniuses with Serious Procrastination Problems

Have trouble making yourself begin a project? Don't worry: you're in brilliant company.


6 Classic Books Retold Through Their Iconic Meals

In her book Fictitious Dishes, Dinah Fried photographs the food that symbolizes some of literature's most memorable works.


Why Does This Woman Have 362 Exotic, Endangered Birds Living In Her Backyard?

Sure, Michele Raffin has 35 aviaries to clean and many, many beaks to feed. But she does have help, and...


6 Unexpected Animal Heroes

Some of these exceptional creatures are cuddly, some are courageous, but all share an extraordinary spirit.


6 Lego Sculptures That Will Blow Your Mind

In his new book, The Art of the Brick, Nathan Sawaya shows what happens when you take kid stuff outside...


5 Genius Ideas for Decorating Store-Bought Cookies

Look what you can do with a bag of grocery-aisle cookies and some creative (and easy) decorating tricks!