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Do you live in the Nicest Place in America?
What Life Was Like on the Last Day at the Waffle House
An account of the dismantling of an extraordinary ordinary place.
Which Movies Were Better Than the Book?
Some authors kick and scream when a director bulks up a book’s plot for...
8 of the Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World
With their skillfully crafted design and architecture, these famous opera houses are among the most...
Quick: How Does This Picture Make You Feel?
“Too often, when people walk into a museum, they secretly think, I can’t see...
Remember the Hot Coffee Lawsuit? What Really Happened
An elderly woman is burned when she spills a cup of hot coffee on her...
The RD Interview: Anna Quindlen on Her Proudest Achievement
The beloved author talks about midlife surprises, lifelong friendships, and her proudest achievement (it’s...
Seth MacFarlane Confesses: “I Regret I Never Got to Meet Carl Sagan”
When I was a kid, astronomer Carl Sagan meant the sun, the moon, and the stars to me.
The Psychic, The Novelist, and the $17 Million Scam
"Take off your bracelet," the fortune-teller commands. That's a test. Do you trust? You'd be...
You Be the Judge: The Case of the Falling Filmgoer
Should a movie theater pay when a patron takes a spill?
11 of the Most Emotional Winter Olympic Moments Ever
Relive the heartbreaking defeats and inspiring victories of some of the world's most talented athletes.
What Pump-Up Songs Get Olympic Athletes Going?
Need a kick in the shorts? Team USA Winter Olympians explain how they get pumped to perform.
7 Motivational Quotes Olympic Champions Rely On
Before the Sochi Winter Olympics, athletes from Team USA shared their private motivational quotes and...
How a Mother Taught Her Daughter to Admire Real Women
For Emma Moore, Disney princesses will not do.
This Dad’s Sandwich-Bag Art Is Unbelievably Awesome
In May 2008, graphic designer David Laferriere drew a chicken on his son's sandwich bag. This...
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
They'll run food or medicine, guns or drugs, for the highest bidder. They'll fly in...
8 Fascinating Facts about Twins
Seeing double? This year American women will give birth to more than 140,000 sets of twins....
The Case of the Peeping Photographer
Can an artist take pictures of his neighbors and then sell them without permission? You...
Falling for Math
A scholar describes how humble numbers can beautifully illuminate our world.
The RD Interview: Bob Costas
If he's wearing a parka, you know it's time for another Winter Olympics. The boyish...
8 Presidents Caught in Rare Candid Pictures
In these excerpted quotes from his book, Presidential Picture Stories, veteran photojournalist Dennis Brack chronicles...
A Widow’s Incredible Final Gift to Her Husband
They wouldn’t let religion, custom, or even burial come between them.
6 Great Books to Read (That You Might Have Missed)
You know about the season's blockbusters, but if you want something different and exceptional, take...
Word Nerd Quiz: When Did These Terms First Make the OED?
These eight words first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1913, 1963 or 2013. Can you match...
Can a Judge Force Parents to Change a Baby’s Name?
They didn’t name their son Messiah because it means God, and they didn’t...
Wil Wheaton: Why It’s Great to Be a Nerd
An expectant mother at a comics convention asked a Star Trek actor to tell her...
The Fascinating Psychology of Bravery: What Makes Someone Brave?
Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn...
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...
Should This Woman Be Sent Back to Prison?
She was a fugitive, yes. But for almost two thirds of her life, she’d...
You Be the Judge: The Nightmare Neighbor
In the four months after a loud tenant arrived, a neighbor sent 17 letters of complaint...
When Lightning Strikes a Golfer, Is the Course Responsible?
The caddie master learned of lightning in the area and set off in a cart...
Google Street View: 9 Spectacular Sights You Couldn’t See Until Now
Google Street View has been around since 2007, but the tech giant has recently expanded the...