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      6 Ways Doodling Can Make You Smarter, Happier, and More Productive

      According to numerous studies, doodling is a mental tool that improves concentration, memory, creativity, and even happiness. Every president doodled...


      16 Rock Songs Almost Ruined By Their Original Lyrics

      Four words: 'Tooti Frutti, good booty.'


      We Corrected the Grammar of 10 Classic Songs—And Made Them Way Worse

      Actually, Janis, I think you mean, "Bobby McGee and I."


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      19 Times the President Was the Funniest Person In America

      From Lincoln to Roosevelt and Reagan to Obama, every president has to play comedian-in-chief when duty calls.


      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...


      Beyond Inspiring: How One Woman’s Poem Saved an Entire Forest

      Can a few lines of verse rescue 
thousands of redwoods? That depends 
on who reads them.



      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...


      7 Children’s Books Every Adult Needs to Read Again

      When you were a child, did you stop in the middle of reading 'Green Eggs and Ham' and think, 'Hey,...


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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."


      Upgrade a Supermarket Bouquet: 9 Tricks to Make Cheap Flowers Look Expensive

      Procrastinated again? Here, how to quickly turn a last-minute flower gift into a beautiful arrangement.


      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.


      8 Seemingly Impossible Things Your Birth Month Could Predict About Your Future Health

      When you were born could play a fascinating role in everything from your risk of melanoma to food allergies, science...


      16 Little Known Facts About the Greatest Songs of All Time

      The time Queen and David Bowie had a pizza party, Robert Plant protested "Stairway to Heaven," and more.


      10 Mind-Blowing Facts About ‘The Godfather’

      On the 44th anniversary of the premiere of director Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece, we're making you an offer you can't...

      The Power of Music: How Billie Holiday Showed Me the Beauty in Hardship

      A pianist reflects on the beautiful soundtrack to her life


      Editor’s Note: Fantastic First Sentences

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


      10 of Life’s Toughest Questions, Answered By Top Comedians

      Sometimes answers are irrelevant: It's the question that counts. Take a moment to ponder these hilarious queries.


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      11 Joyous Walt Disney Quotes Guaranteed to Inspire You to Dream Big

      On December 5, 1901, a boy was born in Chicago who would draw a mouse that changed the world. Before...


      Creative Christmas Tree Decorations: 6 New Ways to Deck Your Tree

      This holiday season, take your tree from "ho hum" to "heavenly" by trying out one of these clever concepts.

      5 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Real-Life Spies

      Julia Child: just one secret agent among the stars.


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      7 Things Your Favorite Type of Music Can Predict About Your Personality

      Which music genre says you're more creative, and which says you're selfish? Find out here.


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

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


      21 Mind-Blowing ‘Back to the Future’ Facts for October 21, 2015

      Today is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown are due to show up from 1985. When they arrive, share...


      8 Iconic TV Roles and the Shocking Actors Who Almost Played Them

      Some actors are so closely associated with a specific role or TV series that it's hard to imagine he or...


      10 Quotes From People Who Demanded Respect

      From a civil rights icon to a feminist who fought for women's rights, these ten social reformers spoke out for...