Why Are Air Conditioners So Heavy?It's the copper.
The C-Free DietIf we didn’t have California, what would we eat?
Fourth of July, Independence Day, Independent Day ...What are we supposed to call this holiday?
Why Don’t U.S. Senators Hold Old-Fashioned Filibusters Anymore?Plus: If you can’t stand up, can you still filibuster?
Is This What Brown v. Board Felt Like?Comparing public reaction to the gay marriage and school desegregation cases.
Who Gets to Name New Diseases?The tangled origins of a deadly new virus called MERS-CoV.
Can You Inhale Calories?The dietary impacts of smoking alcohol.
Do Tell!What’s the worst that could happen to a member of Congress who reveals secret information?
Into AfricaHow would a captive chimpanzee fare in the wild?
Where Should I Flee to Avoid Extradition?Hong Kong? Iceland? Ecuador? Paris is lovely this time of year.
People v. NSAWho represents the public at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?
Will Your Dog Mourn Your Death?Or just hop into the next warm lap?
Did Hitler Invent the Hitler Mustache?How popular was the style in Nazi Germany?
Emergency Exit Doors on Airplanes Are Locked?They don’t say that in the safety video!
How Do You Fake Your Own Death?First, buy a boat.
Hey, You! Get off of My Cloud!How much of the airspace above your home do you own?
Do Airlines Retire Flight Numbers After Crashes?Asiana Flight 214 is still flying between Seoul and San Francisco.
What’s Life Like in an Airport Transit Zone?Where does Edward Snowden sleep? Can he get a Cinnabon?
A Rainbow MarriageHow did the rainbow become a symbol of gay pride?
How Does SCOTUS Schedule Its Decisions?Do the justices save the big cases for last to create suspense?
Which Is Safer: City Streets or Prison?Prison.
Surprised by the StorkThe realization that you’re pregnant sometimes comes at the same time the baby does.
What Happens When You Defy a Secret Government Order?You have a secret trial and pay a secret fine.
Should Edward Snowden Have Had a Security Clearance?Everyone knew he advocated online privacy.
The Geneva SuspensionStaff Sgt. Robert Bales killed 16 Afghan civilians. Why wasn’t he charged with war crimes?
Why Are Roses the Most Famous Flower?We could just as easily have a White House Petunia Garden, right?
Can Oral Sex Cause Oral Cancer?A public health announcement from Michael Douglas.
You Dropped a Bong on MeCould Amanda Bynes have killed someone by tossing glassware out of a 36th-floor window?
How Accurate Are AAA’s Travel Forecasts?Fact-checking the prediction that 31.2 million people will drive to Memorial Day destinations.
“A Peculiar Moaning Sound”How did people describe the sound of a tornado before the advent of trains?