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What a Nuclear Explosion Can Tell Us About the Formation of the Moon

There are so many conflicting studies about the Moon’s origins that at times, it feels impossible to keep up. For something so close to us, it’s astonishing how little concrete information we have about how the Moon was formed. But a new study could clear up some confusion around the Moon’s infancy by searching for answers in a seriously unorthodox way—with nuclear fallout. Read More >>

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These Words Seem Related But Actually Aren’t

Did you know the words “male” and “female” aren’t actually related to each other? As in, there’s no “male” in “female.” The word male is derived from the Latin word masculus, while the word female comes from the French word femelle. It sounded close enough so we just made them both pronounced like male. Damn, patriarchy. Read More >>

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11 Origins of Common Drinking Phrases

There's a lot of slang associated with drinking. Three sheets to the wind. Hair of the dog. On the wagon. We all know them, we all use them, but most of us don't know where they came from or what they really mean. Read on, and you'll be the smartest person at the bar. Read More >>

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The Origin of the Candy Cane

First, let's start by dispelling a somewhat popular myth that more or less goes like this: Read More >>

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Origins of Stonehenge’s Stones Found, and Holy Crap Did They Travel Far

Remember that time you carried that box home and it was like sooo heavy? Yeah, shut up. The quarry where some of Stonehenge's original rocks came from has been discovered, and the people of 5,000 years ago dragged them 160 miles. Read More >>