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The real enemy? "You guys."
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Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent
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Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent
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The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures
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July 21, 2016
How Dirt Houses Became Beloved By The Tiny House Movement
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Why It's So Hard to Find, Let Alone Save, the World's Cutest Porpoise
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June 23, 2016
In A City Of Murals, The Simplest One Stands Out
The bright pink wall of this L.A. clothing store has become an Instagram icon.
June 16, 2016
What It's Like to Run a Fan Site For the Arguably Worst Team in NBA History
The Philadelphia 76ers have brought shame to the City of Brotherly Love.
June 09, 2016
What's Going On with the Way Canadians Say ‘About'?
It's not pronounced how you think it is.
June 01, 2016
The Delightful Perversity of Québec's Catholic Swears
The Canadian province has expletives like no other.
May 26, 2016
Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree
Meet America's deadliest tree. Found in Florida, of course.
May 19, 2016
Everything You Know About Mole Sauce Is A Lie
If what you know is that mole's most important ingredient is chocolate.
May 12, 2016
The Story Behind the Incredible Obstacle Course Video That Went Viral
It turns out that military competitions are especially nuts.
May 05, 2016
The Fascinating Local Color from Illegal NBA Playoff Streams
It's not legal, advisable or convenient, but you can learn a lot about a place from its halftime shows.
April 28, 2016
Let Them Eat Corn! The New Rules of Passover
The eons-old fight over whether eating bread should be punishable by death.
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