Shakespeare is the original scoundrel. Sure, standards were different back then, blah, blah, blah— but there are a few moments in his plays that, even back then, must have had audiences dropping their popcorn and WTF-ing to their dates.
The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women who really More →
Hey, you know what would be fun? Let's make a few light-hearted predictions about which literary classics might have their storylines play out in some way through 2018! For example, maybe I could win the chance to visit a chocolate factory because some eccentric CEO goes bon More →
In an alternate version of the world, we're probably all talking about how sweet it was that Old Yeller successfully fought off that wolf and went on to live a long and happy life. Here are a few more possible endings to our fave fictional stories—if someone could get J.K. More →
Each genre has its own tropes for killing off characters. In horror, going off alone for some unnecessary reason is a bad move. Don’t do it. Stay with the group. And if you have to go, DEFINITELY don't pick a dark, confined space to hide. Listen, I like you, but if you’r More →
Teachers speak a strange language. But after careful study—a.k.a. years of crouching in the shrubs behind the high school with binoculars and a notepad, sleeping in our clothes, and eating beans out of a can—we think we've finally cracked the code. Check the chart to find out ... More →
Math is hard. English is fun. Charts are helpful, and colors are nice. Agreed? Great. Now point your eyeballs at these charts and find yourself charmed by the wonderful world of...venn diagrams. More →
Sure, we all want that new car, that fresh whip, that used 1998 Volvo that's been sitting in Benny's Auto Extravaganza for six months that we can almost afford. But perhaps we should set our sights even higher, and consider actual magical transport. I've searched far and w More →
It turns out Shakespeare essentially invented the entire English language; before him, we probably just communicated in grunts and frustrated hand signals. The Bard invented hundreds of phrases that are now used every day; here are a few of our personal faves.
1. All that glitters is not ... More →
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