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5 Surprising Facts About America's Favorite Exploding Pastime

Firecrackers are essentially un-American, even though we associate them our most deeply patriotic celebration, the Fourth of July. The fact is that firecrackers are foreign-born novelties, and have been as long as Americans have lit them for a noisy salute to the nation's birth. As it turns out, firecracker history is… » 7/04/14 2:00pm 7/04/14 2:00pm

How Hot Dogs Are Made and What's Actually Inside

After the steaks, chops, breasts, ribs, thighs, hams, tenderloins and briskets are removed, there's a fair amount of gristle, fat and offal remaining on a butchered animal, and early on, people realized this could be put to good use. One of these products is the hot dog, a classic of pre-cooked, processed meat. » 7/04/14 11:00am 7/04/14 11:00am

Target Knew About Its Massive Hack—It Just Didn't Do Anything to Stop It

Throughout the total absurdity that's been the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, one question has continued to persist unanswered: Why the hell didn't one of the biggest retailers in the country have sufficient security software? Well, the thing is—it did. It just ignored it. » 3/13/14 9:54am 3/13/14 9:54am

Setting the Record Straight: Debunking All the Flu Vaccine Myths

It’s that time again — that time when dozens of spurious articles pop up all over the web touting all the dangers of the flu vaccine. Articles on unreliable, alarmist, misinformative sites like Natural News, Mercola, chiropractic blogs and other such sites rail against the “toxins” in the vaccine, or claim the flu… » 10/31/13 9:40am 10/31/13 9:40am

What Would Happen If Every Satellite Suddenly Died?

Imagine totally disconnecting from the world at large: internet, cell service, television—all totally gone, leaving you free from virtual distractions and the accompanying stress. It's a fantasy most people have had at some point even if they never plan on following through. But what would happen if everyone was… » 6/12/13 11:55am 6/12/13 11:55am

Life in an Amazon Warehouse: Fear and Efficiency at 35 Orders Per Second

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Amazon's warehouses, especially at Christmastime, have to be a perfectly greased, gargantuan machine in order to meet the needs of its hundreds of millions of clients. We're less likely, however, to look beyond the company's impressive exterior at the individual pieces that make… » 2/08/13 2:20pm 2/08/13 2:20pm