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At 83, Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development
Technology

At 83, Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development

The former secretary of state launched Churchill Solitaire, a mobile game he created in partnership with a team of developers, in a blog post on Sunday.
Lindsay Friedman
The Hard Truth: What Viagra Was Really Intended For
History

The Hard Truth: What Viagra Was Really Intended For

The original idea for Pfizer's famous little thrill pill has nothing to do with keeping it up.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.
History

Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.

The scrappy entrepreneur who created the credit card, as legend has it, might have experienced an embarrassing situation that led to inspiration.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
SpaceX Nails Historic Rocket Launch and Landing at Cape Canaveral
Elon Musk

SpaceX Nails Historic Rocket Launch and Landing at Cape Canaveral

'Welcome back, baby!' Elon Musk's space startup epically rebounds after two failed attempts.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Seriously Unsexy Origins of the Graham Cracker
Who Knew?

The Seriously Unsexy Origins of the Graham Cracker

The dry, plain crackers were invented to cool certain urges. You know the ones.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
How an Industrial Oops Led This Gunk to Become a Stretchy Smash-Hit Toy
Who Knew?

How an Industrial Oops Led This Gunk to Become a Stretchy Smash-Hit Toy

The surprising story of how Silly Putty accidentally sprang from a wartime dilemma.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Greasy, Glamorous Rise of Mascara
Who Knew?

The Greasy, Glamorous Rise of Mascara

You won't believe the grimy gunk people used to smear on their eyelashes -- and still do.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Betamax Is Now Officially Gone, But These 5 Old Technologies Are Still Around
Technology

Betamax Is Now Officially Gone, But These 5 Old Technologies Are Still Around

From Floppy disks to instant cameras, some people are just not ready to give up on outmoded technology
Nina Zipkin
The Fasten-ating History of the Humble Zipper
Who Knew?

The Fasten-ating History of the Humble Zipper

In which we unzip the up-and-down origins of the little mechanical wonder that keeps your pants from falling down.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
This Timeline Explains How the 40-Hour Workweek Came About
History

This Timeline Explains How the 40-Hour Workweek Came About

The fight for an eight-hour workday began in 1866 and ended in 1940.
Volkswagen Faces the Most Onerous Rebranding Challenge In History, Again
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Faces the Most Onerous Rebranding Challenge In History, Again

A nice apology letter from VW gives some clues just how badly they screwed up.
Peter Page
Remembering George Mueller, the 'Father of the Space Shuttle'
NASA

Remembering George Mueller, the 'Father of the Space Shuttle'

The trailblazing electrical engineer who played a pivotal role in landing men on the moon died last week. He was 97.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
7 Things You Didn't Know About the Real Colonel Sanders
KFC

7 Things You Didn't Know About the Real Colonel Sanders

As KFC's ad campaign brings the Colonel back from the dead, it ignores some of Sanders' complexities that made him so interesting.
Kate Taylor
How the 9-to-5 Came to Be and Why It No Longer Makes Sense (Infographic)
Infographics

How the 9-to-5 Came to Be and Why It No Longer Makes Sense (Infographic)

Everybody's working for the weekend, but is it best to get 'er done in long, eight-hour stints? Probably not.
Kim Lachance Shandrow