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Past articles by Jay:

13 of the Cringiest Public Gaffes and Blunders

If you're prone to secondhand embarrassment, then the high-profile flubs and gaffes on this list will have you crawling out of your skin. → Read More

7 Misconceptions About the Civil War

The Civil War remains one of the most important and heartbreaking chapters in American history. But the conflict itself was far more complex than simply “North vs. South.” → Read More

Testing the Cinemood TV, a Portable Projector That Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

The Cinemood TV is a portable digital projector that can fit in the palm of your hand, and we're putting it to the test. → Read More

The Quest for the North Pole, Episode 6: Third Time’s the Charm

After traveling over hundreds of miles of dangerous ice, Robert Peary believed he had reached his goal: He and his team were the first men to stand at the North Pole. Or were they? → Read More

19 Weird Laws You Might Have Broken

Have you handled fish in "suspicious circumstances," or kept your prescription medication in something other than its prescription bottle? Depending on where you are, you might have broken one of many strange laws on the books. → Read More

11 Gifts for the Sci-Fi Fanatic in Your Life

From groundbreaking movies to landmark novels, these are the perfect gifts for the sci-fi fan in your life. → Read More

What Is the Citizenship of a Baby Born on an International Flight?

When a baby is born on an international flight, where the plane is registered and the airspace it's in can determine the child's citizenship. → Read More

Stanley's Sturdy Vacuum Growler Is Built to Keep Drinks Cold and Carbonated All Day Long

Stanley’s solid construction, coupled with its double-wall insulation, helps keep drinks at the right temperature for well over 24 hours. → Read More

Eugene V. Debs, the Five-Time Socialist Candidate for President Who Once Campaigned From Prison

Eugene Debs was a union leader, a Socialist, and a presidential candidate who ran for office from behind bars. → Read More

10 Amazing Facts About Bruce Lee

Though Bruce Lee is known as an icon in film and in the world of martial arts, most of his recognition came after his death at the age of 32. → Read More

Quiz Can You Name the Sports These Movies Have in Common?

Sports fans and cinephiles, get ready to put your love of athletic movies to the test. → Read More

Quiz Can You Name the U.S. Television Shows with First Names in Their Titles?

From "Leave It to Beaver" to "Everybody Loves Raymond" to "Hannah Montana," these TV shows with first names in their titles span decades. → Read More

LEGO Celebrates Star Wars Day With a New 1673-Piece A-Wing Set

If you’re a Star Wars ship aficionado, you’ll know the A-Wing is one of the most important parts of the Rebel fleet. → Read More

Win a Custom Road-Tripping Van While Donating to Conserve America’s Climbing Landscapes

Now’s your chance to win a customizable van perfect for road trips, camping expeditions, and long adventures. → Read More

12 Video Games You Can Spend Weeks (or Months) Playing

If you're looking to lose days, weeks, and possibly even years to a video game, these are your best bets. → Read More

Jelly Belly Turns Up the Scovilles With New Sriracha, Jalapeño, and Carolina Reaper Flavors

If you think you can handle the spice, these new pepper-flavored jelly beans may prove to be the perfect challenge for your taste buds. → Read More

This Charging Accessory Can Help Prolong Your Phone Battery's Life

If you want your smartphone or smart device battery to last for longer, reach for the Witty, a new charging accessory. → Read More

Save Kitchen Space With a Universal Lid That Fits Pots and Pans of All Different Sizes

If you feel like you’re always fumbling to find a lid while cooking, check out this universal lid that fits cookware of all different sizes. → Read More

The Sappy, Poignant, and Risqué Love Letters of 7 World Leaders

Richard Nixon was a romantic, Napoleon was a clinger, and Warren Harding turned out to be a smut peddler. Check out some of the fascinating love letters of seven world leaders. → Read More

12 Gifts for Star Wars Fans

Between 'The Mandalorian' and 'Rise of Skywalker,' Star Wars hype is boiling over (coincidentally) right in time for the holidays. Here are the best Star Wars gifts you can get this time of year. → Read More