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The Corner Chemist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:45:00 -0400

Morning Cup of Links: Gothic Horror Movies

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Links for your weekend reading pleasure.

The Ancient Connection Between Corgis and Fairies

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0400

Presented by BBC America.

8 Steps to Start Improving Your Finances Today

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 -0400

Presented by Allstate.

6 U.S. Virgin Islands Traditions You'll Want to Adopt

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400

Presented by U.S. Virgin Islands.

How Too Much Tech Can Hurt Productivity

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0400

Checking email isn't just distracting: It can bring your focus to a screeching halt.

8 Hair-Raising Facts About Black Cats

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:00:00 -0400

There's a lot to love about these furballs.

15 Colorful Facts About 'Varsity Blues'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0400

Chris Klein could have been the one who didn't want his father's life, but he was too tall.

We're Closing in on Discovering Planet 9 From Outer Space

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:30:00 -0400

If it's out there, it could be as big as Neptune.

How the Man Who Bombed Oregon Became an Honorary Citizen

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

He came back 20 years later to try and make amends.

John Cleese Recaps Six Seasons of 'The Walking Dead'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400

The British comedian needs just four minutes to get you up to speed.

5 Scientific Ways Your Senses Rule Your Love Life

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400

You may not even realize how much your sense of smell or taste is influencing who you fall in love with.

How Your Office's Social Culture Can Affect Your Health

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:30:00 -0400

New research shows just how important it is to get along with your coworkers.

Watch Tesla’s Fully-Autonomous Vehicle in Action

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400

From now on every Tesla will include self-driving hardware.

You Have to See Thursday's Top Amazon Deals

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:36:47 -0400

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 20.

Scrotum Frogs Near Lake Titicaca Die Off in Alarming Numbers

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0400

Scientists are still unsure of the cause.

11 Secrets of Wildlife Photographers

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0400

Learn to think like an animal.

Pick the '90s Best Picture Winners

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:59:11 -0400

Take the quiz!

When Count Chocula Courted Controversy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:00 -0400

The General Mills monster cereals have been a hit for decades--aside from Franken Berry doing strange things to a kid's poop.

Amazon Debuts a Kindle for Manga in Japan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0400

It’s designed to show comics better than the standard Paperwhite.

Lookups of 'Ombre' Spiked During Debate After "Bad Hombres" Comment

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:15:00 -0400

During last night's debate, in an exchange on the topic of immigration, Donald Trump said, "We have some bad hombres here and we need to get them out." The phrase bad hombres immediately became a hashtag on Twitter and the source of jokes all over the internet.

But there was some confusion about the word hombre, as shown by the report of a spike in lookups of the word ombre. Hombre is the Spanish word for "man," and according to Merriam-Webster, has been used in English in the phrase bad hombre since the 19th century. Ombre, from the French for "shaded" (and related to the words umbrella and umbrage), is a term for a shading of colors from light into dark, currently popular for a type of shaded dye hairstyle.

As Merriam-Webster editor Kory Stamper explains in the Washington Post, "we seek out words that catch us by the ears." Hombre is an unusual and noticeable word to use in a presidential debate, and people were drawn to find out more about it. But that silent h makes it harder to look up if you've never seen it before. Hopefully everyone eventually found what they were looking for. Or perhaps they simply agreed that we need to get out the bad ombres, as shown in this tweet from Andrés Almeida:

6 Classic Séance Tricks Explained

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many mediums deceived their way to fame.

Look Up! The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:30:00 -0400

It will be a veritable fusillade of meteors hurled by the phantom limbs of Halley's comet.

Brazilian Monkeys Make Stone Hammers That Look a Lot Like Early Human Tools

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:30:00 -0400

Researchers say it’s possible we’ve mistaken capuchin artifacts for those made by early humans.