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  1. The Meaning of Labor Day

    For many of us, Labor Day means the end of summer vacation, a guilt-trip for anyone wearing white, and an excuse for department stores to have sales. But, it’s important to keep in mind the true history behind this holiday: […]

  2. CelebrATE Your Summer!

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    What’s a Bastille?

    On Bastille Day, the world parties in the name of France. But do you know what makes Bastille Day so important—not just for France but the history of all democracies? The occasion is typically honored with military parades and copious consumption […]

  4. What’s Net Neutrality?

    You may have heard the term “net neutrality” in the news lately. Net neutrality is the idea that the relationship between you and content on the internet shouldn’t be altered by internet service providers—that ISPs should provide nondiscriminatory access to internet content, without […]

  5. The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

    Do you know all the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Many people have difficulty memorizing the lyrics of the first verse of this song, which is commonly performed at sports events and other public gatherings. But did you know that […]

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    O Say Can You Hear? A Look at Our National Anthem’s Poetic Roots

    This weekend, many Americans will gather with loved ones to commemorate our country’s heritage by firing up the grill, admiring some fireworks, and attempting to sing one of the most difficult songs in the English language. “Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted […]

  7. The Buzz About Spelling Bees

    Do you know what these winning words mean—all the way back to the first Scripps National Spelling Bee, in 1925?

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    The Other Easter Eggs: Coded Messages and Hidden Treats

    When was the last time you discovered an Easter egg hiding in plain sight? If your answer was “at the last Easter egg hunt I went to,” it’s time to expand your playing field. The term Easter egg started popping […]

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    What’s the Difference Between a Bunny, a Rabbit and a Hare?

    While the religious contexts of Easter can be well understood, the commercialized variants get a little crazy: an anthropomorphized bunny, baskets, pastel colors and eggs? There’s too much to tackle in that semantic basket, so we’ll answer a different crucial […]

  10. APRIL FOOLS! When? Where?

    There are people who wait all year for April 1st. The fake bugs have been collected, the keys have been swapped, and the stories have been carefully thought through—and the cameras are probably ready. You already know why: because it’s […]