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While they could give watching paint dry a run for its money, vote-counting livestreams are emerging as an unlikely hero of Election Day escapism, showcasing the calming mundanity of democracy at work.  

If pets aren’t already sick of their humans after months of one-on-one time, they sure will be after this Halloween.  

In 2012, Colin Purrington bought a box of Twinkies and stashed them in the basement—until the pandemic hit, and he became desperate for dessert and also “just so bored,” 

Having made a career critiquing spectacles that he doesn’t have to execute, music writer Mark Beaumont has some thoughts about how to rescue concerts for the COVID era.   Worried about air flow? A skydive show “while plummeting to the ground at 120mph” is…

Forget fall foliage. October is all about #FatBearWeek.   After a week-long battle of the bulge, Alaska's Katmai National Park has crowned its fattest bear of 2020: 747, the King of Chonk, the Earl of Avoirdupois—weighing in at over 1,400 pounds.  

5 African gray parrots made up for their muted plumage with colorful language—cursing at visitors to London’s Lincolnshire Wildlife Park and shocking staff, 

It was the last straw… and chip bag and candy wrapper for the Thai environment chief.   After sloppy campers left trash in Khao Yai National Park, Varawut Silpa-archa did what any normal official would do: He tracked down the offender’s address, gathered up the trash, and…

Brought to you by the Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobel awards “honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.”

The irony wasn’t lost on Jimmy MacDonald. “… I've been sober for seven years and I get saved by a Tiki bar?”   And it wasn’t just any Tiki bar, but a Tiki bar on a boat, full of priests.