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SAS Will Soon Charge For Empty Middle Seats In European Business Class

SAS discontinued their intra-European business class product a few years ago. They replaced it with a "light" business class called SAS Plus (not to be confused with their long-haul premium economy). It includes everything that airlines usually offer in intra-European business class expect one thing: an empty middle seat. Show More Summary

The Lost Typefaces of W.A. Dwiggins

The pioneering designer William Addison Dwiggins had a famously good sense of humor. In the mid-1920s, though, he went through a period when he couldn't pick up a newspaper without getting at least a little frustrated. Not necessarily at the news—although some of that was bad, too—but at the typeface it was printed in. Show More Summary

When the Star of 'Dragnet' Wanted to Start a Show With the CIA

A version of this story originally appeared on In 1982, former CIA Director Richard Helms was approached by Dragnet creator Jack Webb about a possible TV show regarding the Agency. Like Dragnet, it would focus on realism, and would be at least inspired by, if not based on, events that had happened. Show More Summary

See an Alarmingly Well-Preserved Human Head in a Jar at This Portuguese University

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the anatomical theatre at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine is the lone pickled head, up on a shelf next to a diaphonized hand. It’s yellow, peaceful-looking, and somewhat akin...Show More Summary

The Jersey Shore Nearly Swallowed a Man's SUV

Like a modern reenactment of The Neverending Story, in which a horse slowly drowns in the Swamp of Sorrows, a New Jersey man had to save his SUV from sinking into the beach on Tuesday after staging an ill-advised photo shoot. Video shows...Show More Summary

Review: Condor Business Class 767 New Orleans To Frankfurt

While Ben grew up flying Condor, I hadn’t flown them until earlier this year. I had a great experience on my outbound flight to Cape Town, though wasn’t overly impressed by my return in their Premium Class. In any case, I was excited...Show More Summary

The Perfect Time-Lapse Video for Rainy Spring Days

On the gray days of a fickle spring, when rain or the pollen count has driven you indoors, this time-lapse video is here to remind you of the good things the season brings. Jamie Scott's four-minute video starts off with amaryllis blooming, then continues: grape hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, cherry trees, and more. Show More Summary

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Looking for a Librarian

"Well she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now," the Beach Boys sing in their 1964 hit "Fun Fun Fun." "Seems like she forgot all about the library like she told her old man now." If you love this song,Show More Summary

The Wild Legacy of America's Most Eccentric Roadside Attraction

The last big purchase that William "Wild Bill" Ziegler made was a talking tree with one bum eye. He stationed it right inside the doorway of his store, underneath a mural of a clown with a light-up red nose, across from a figurine of Charlie Chaplin, a suit of armor, and a collection of knockoff antique statues and vases. Show More Summary

The Attempted Statistics Exam Heist That Went Through an Air Duct

Climbing through the air ducts is one of the most iconic moves in the history of heists, though it probably doesn't happen as often as it's portrayed. Still, some try anyway, like a pair of college students who, on Tuesday, were caught...Show More Summary

Watch a Great White Shark Breach—Just Feet Away

It is just a few seconds, but they're probably seared into the memory of a South African diver—and he caught them on video. In the shot, a great white shark pushes out of the water and lunges toward the camera. The behavior, known as...Show More Summary

A Visit to the Synthetic Cadaver Factory

In an ordinary Tampa, Florida, office park, just a couple of blocks from a bustling thoroughfare, a skinless cadaver named Quella is having the muscles of her arms individually sewn together by a young woman wearing headphones and aShow More Summary

For Sale: A Solid Gold Darth Vader Mask

Tokyo jeweler offers gold Darth Vader mask for $1.4-million — The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) May 1, 2017 A jeweler in Tokyo is offering a life-size replica of Darth Vader’s helmet...Show More Summary

How the Leatherdykes Helped Change Feminism

It was Memorial Day, 2004, and Alex Warner was at a barbecue near Washington, D.C. It was an important time for her. She was in graduate school at Rutgers University, planning a dissertation on women’s social justice movements, and had recently experienced something of a personal awakening. Show More Summary

When Squirrels Were One of America's Most Popular Pets

In 1722, a pet squirrel named Mungo passed away. It was a tragedy: Mungo escaped its confines and met its fate at the teeth of a dog. Benjamin Franklin, friend of the owner, immortalized the squirrel with a tribute. “Few squirrels were...Show More Summary

Secrets of the Swazzle

Long before there were Muppets or Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, there was Punch and Judy. The traditional puppet show has been around since at least the 17th century, and even today, specialist puppeteers known as “professors” keep it alive. Show More Summary

Watch the Fastest Perfect Game Ever Bowled

If you want to bowl the fastest perfect game ever, it helps to bowl 50 games a week. And it really helps to work at a bowling alley. Ben Kertola was well prepared to bowl 12 strikes in a row in 86.9 seconds on April 5. Once league bowlers...Show More Summary

A Painting of a Crying Boy Was Blamed For a Series of Fires in the '80s

In the middle of the night in Thatcher-era England, a home in South Yorkshire succumbed to a fire. The lounge room was charred black, drapes and furniture reduced to ash. The owners of the home, Ron and May Hall, lost nearly everything...Show More Summary

This (Very Cool) Photo of a Giant Iceberg Off Canada Is Also Now ... a Meme

@EddieSheerr The huge iceberg in ferryland, Newfoundland. April 16, 2017. — Jody Martin (@tummppeer) April 16, 2017 Earlier this week, Reuters posted some pictures of a massive iceberg off the coast of Ferryland, Newfoundland, in Canada. Show More Summary

Edward Gorey, Pack Rat

In 1976, Edward Gorey put out one of his trademark works of everyday dread. Called Les Passementeries Horribles, or "The Horrible Trimmings," the book consists solely of illustrations of enormous, menacing tassels of all shapes. A velvety, tentacled clump looms over a child with a pail. Show More Summary

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