Total Eclipse: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder. August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon.
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Why Maine Is Mad for This Coffee-Flavored Liqueur
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maine

Why Maine Is Mad for This Coffee-Flavored Liqueur

Allen's Coffee Brandy is more popular than vodka or whiskey.
June 21, 2017
How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck
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bookstores

How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck

"This is literature. It's not just puzzles, it's not just telling a nice story."
May 22, 2017
Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs
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water

Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs

Don't mess with mineralwasser.
May 15, 2017
Cracking the Secret Code of Car Names
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cars

Cracking the Secret Code of Car Names

How a jumble of numbers and letters came to convey fanciness, while cute names came to mean value.
April 07, 2017
'Miami English' and the Linguistic Oddness of South Florida
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linguistics

'Miami English' and the Linguistic Oddness of South Florida

South Beach speech is like no other.
April 04, 2017
Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name
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names

Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name

Everyone knows a Nguyen, but how did that come to be?
March 28, 2017
What Makes This Special-Edition VW From the '90s Look So Cool?
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fashion

What Makes This Special-Edition VW From the '90s Look So Cool?

According to the fashion industry, it's all about colorblocking and maximal minimalism.
March 09, 2017
'Da Kine,' Hawaii's Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun
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linguistics

'Da Kine,' Hawaii's Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun

It means everything and nothing at the same time.
March 02, 2017
The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses
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linguistics

The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses

They are especially unusual in Japanese.
January 27, 2017
Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?
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linguistics

Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?

The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
January 10, 2017
Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From
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pop culture

Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From

F-word substitutes vary by region.
December 15, 2016
Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?
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linguistics

Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?

That suspicious new London lilt may not be as put-on as it seems.
November 29, 2016
Why Justin Timberlake Sings 'May' Instead of 'Me'
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south

Why Justin Timberlake Sings 'May' Instead of 'Me'

Linguistics and vocal styling converge in this late '90s pop trend.
November 10, 2016
How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm
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linguistics

How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm

The story behind the strange way Katharine Hepburn (and others) spoke.
October 27, 2016
Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English
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united states

Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English

The real enemy? "You guys."
October 13, 2016
Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent
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jews

Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent

The linguistic field of prosody, the story of melody, pitch, and other hard-to-study verbal traits, is suddenly hot.
September 26, 2016
Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent
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american south

Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent

A small North Carolina island shows how different the Southern accent can be.
September 01, 2016
Is There a Place in America Where People Speak Without Accents?
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america

Is There a Place in America Where People Speak Without Accents?

Newscasters and Stephen Colbert seem to think so.
August 23, 2016
The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures
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hangovers

The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures

It's a $178 million industry, and no one knows if it works.
July 28, 2016
Meet Waterbod, the David Attenborough Of Instagram
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underwater week

Meet Waterbod, the David Attenborough Of Instagram

You'll see L.A.'s animal kingdom in a whole new way.
July 21, 2016
How Dirt Houses Became Beloved By The Tiny House Movement
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design

How Dirt Houses Became Beloved By The Tiny House Movement

Meet the wondrous cob.
July 14, 2016
What Do You Call the Corner Store?
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stores

What Do You Call the Corner Store?

Bodega, deli, packie, offy, party store and more.
July 07, 2016
Why It's So Hard to Find, Let Alone Save, the World's Cutest Porpoise
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porpoise

Why It's So Hard to Find, Let Alone Save, the World's Cutest Porpoise

The tiny mammal is facing imminent extinction after only being discovered in 1987.
July 06, 2016
I Asked Leading Entomologists: 'What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?'
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brain

I Asked Leading Entomologists: 'What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?'

Some insects can count, recognize human faces, even invent languages.
June 23, 2016