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Kirby | Unraveled

Kirby | Unraveled

*cheerful music* Kirby! This pink puffball has been sucking his way through the denizens of Dream Land since 1992. He has his own games, manga, tv series, and toys. It’s safe to say he’s one of Nintendo’s most trusted mascots. Read more…


Cell Transport

Cell Transport

Captions are on! Turn off by clicking “CC” at bottom right. Follow us on Twitter (@AmoebaSisters) and Facebook! Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be inside a cell? Imagine the genetic material, the cytoplasm, the ribosomes—you Read more…


Why some Asian accents swap Ls and Rs in English

Why some Asian accents swap Ls and Rs in English

There’s a saying in Hong Kong kung fu movies: “Wai faai bat po.” It means “only speed is unbreakable.” “Wai faai bat po.” That’s in Cantonese, a language with tones, which English speakers have trouble distinguishing. So when an American Read more…


What the names for bodies of water mean

What the names for bodies of water mean

There’s a lot of water on our planet. And it goes by a lot of different names. Gulfs and arroyos and fjords are all bodies of water. But each one represents something unique. So let’s try to understand them. Let’s Read more…


How obsessive artists colorize old photos

How obsessive artists colorize old photos

You might have seen some of these colorized photos on the internet. Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, a young Charlie Chaplin. It’s incredible how normal these people look because they’re no longer in black and white. Like they’re someone you could Read more…


The surprising pattern behind color names around the world

The surprising pattern behind color names around the world

If I showed you this paint chip and asked you to tell me what color it is, what would you say? How about this one? And this one? You probably said blue, purple, and brown — but if your native Read more…


Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect

Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect

If you’ve ever tried to sing the star spangled banner, “You see” You know it’s not easy. “And the rockets’ red glare. Can’t go that high.” The lowest note and the highest note are an octave and a half apart. Read more…


How a dictionary writer defines English

How a dictionary writer defines English

When you spend all day in English and everything around you is words, you know, I imagine it’s like being a podiatrist where like the whole world is feet. My name is Kory Stamper. I’m an associate editor at Merriam Read more…


How Close Are We to Talking With Animals?

How Close Are We to Talking With Animals?

You may not want to admit it, but at one time in your life, you’ve talked to an animal. Maybe it was letting a dog know it was a good dog or asking a cat where it’s been. Maybe you Read more…