The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Game
The simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes
Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice
Everything you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocks
The Dead Beneath London's Streets
Human remains dating back to the Roman Empire populate the grounds below the surface, representing a burden for developers but a boon for archaeologists
What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Out
This rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industry
The Great Fire of London Was Blamed on Religious Terrorism
Why scores of Londoners thought the fire of 1666 was all part of a nefarious Catholic conspiracy
Is There Such a Thing as a “Bad” Shakespeare Play?
More than four hundred years after the Bard’s death, the quality of his works is still a fluid scale
When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzle
In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the box
How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?
No, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurate
On the Science of Creepiness
A look at what’s really going on when we get the creeps
The History of Creepy Dolls
Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathed
How Magna Carta Went Viral
In a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?
The Classy Rise of the Trench Coat
World War I brought with it a broad array of societal changes, including men's fashion
The Ridiculous World of Magna Carta Kitsch
Throughout the United Kingdom, retailers are going mad over an 800-year-old document
The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM!
Usage is on the decline – so why are banks looking to the machines to save them?
The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board
Tool of the devil, harmless family game—or fascinating glimpse into the non-conscious mind?
The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary
You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries
TKO By Checkmate: Inside the World of Chessboxing
Demanding a combination of brains and brawn, this new sport has competitors floating like butterflies and stinging like kings
The Battle Over Richard III’s Bones…And His Reputation
Rival towns are vying for the king’s remains and his legacy now that his skeleton has been found 500 years after his death
Are Punch and Judy Shows Finally Outdated?
For a wife-beating, baby-squashing scofflaw, Mr. Punch has done pretty well for himself
The History of Boredom
You’ve never been so interested in being bored