The Beatles Go To Hamburg. How a group of teenage musicians got a trial by fire in 1960.
Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events, Astronomy Fans. The heavens are going to put on quite a show.
Lucrative Lemons and Oranges in Sicily. A scholarly article traces the rise of the Mafia to the discovery that citrus fruits prevent scurvy. (via Metafilter)
A Short History of Guys Thinking They’d Go Blind. (via Digg)
Weird Beauty Hacks of Yesteryear. The drive to be attractive sent us down some strange and desperate paths.
Why Hobbies Make You Happy. We need to define ourselves as more than how we earn a living.
Eighteen Species of Tweezer-Faced, Spider-Slaying Pelican Spiders Discovered in Madagascar. Their misshapen heads act like salad tongs to seize their prey.
This Optical Illusion Is Just Four Blinking Dots And It's Still Breaking Our Brains. Are they jumping up and down, moving from side to side, or going in a circle?
American kids are 70 percent more likely to die before adulthood than kids in other rich countries.
Do Audio Books Count As Reading? A visually-impaired writer shares the joy and shame of listening to books. (via Metafilter)