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How a 'War of the Worlds' Radio Broadcast Panicked America

Orson Welles was just 23 when he read a revised script of the book 'War of the Worlds' and had much of the United States believing that aliens were invading.

Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws Entire Cities From Memory

He once completed a 33-foot (10-meter) panoramic drawing of Tokyo in eight days. And he did it entirely in pen.

10 Groundbreaking Broadway Musicals

From "Showboat" to "Hamilton," each of these 10 shows pushed the musical genre forward in some way. Did your favorite show make the list?

Art From the Heart: Portraits of Honor and Love

Art From the Heart is an ongoing project that donates portraits to families of Georgia's soldiers who have died in the line of duty.

Why Is the World So Captivated by the Mona Lisa?

Just what is it that makes us unable to look away from da Vinci's Mona Lisa?

Ruth Asawa: The Sculptor of Interlocking Lines

Interned during World War II, Ruth Asawa went on to create a body of iconic sculpture, numerous public commissions and a continuing legacy for young artists.

The Surprising Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'

For such a simple nursery rhyme, the story behind who wrote it sure is complicated. Even Henry Ford got involved.

5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Nancy Drew

She's almost 90, but doesn't look a day over 18. And her fans include Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Sonia Sotomayor. We're cluing you in on that famous girl detective Nancy Drew.

Salvador Dalí Is Dead, But Not Entirely

Who is the best tour guide at the newest Dalí exhibit? Salvador Dalí himself, of course.

HowStuffWorks: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition

A High-stepping History of the Rockettes

The famed New York City dance troupe has been kicking its way into our hearts since the early 1930s. But they didn't get their start in the Big Apple.

How Todd Bol Started the Little Free Library Movement

You've probably seen the cute little houses on posts in people's yards. They're Little Free Library boxes and they're found in all 50 states and in 88 countries.

Why So Many Women Remember 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret'

This groundbreaking classic of young adult lit is finally headed for the big screen some 40 years after it was first published. Why can so many of us still recite lines from it?

3 Views of 'Little Women' on Film

This classic is celebrating its 150th anniversary of publication this year. With new adaptations coming out, we look at how other movie versions of "Little Women" were tweaked to fit the times.

You Are the Art at These Museum Exhibitions!

The exhibit 'Infinity Mirrors' has been breaking records with installations just made for selfies and Instagram. But will that help museums stay relevant?

Quiz: Winnie the Pooh ... and Tigger, Too!

Pooh and his band of friends in the Hundred Acre Wood remain beloved many decades after they were originally created. How much do you know about the books, animated shorts and the series in general?

Is the 'Lovely Assistant' the Real Magician?

Although many people think the magician's assistant is just there for her looks, she (it's usually a "she") is often the brains behind the illusion.

You've Heard of Smallpox, But What Was the Great Pox?

Today, when we think of a "pox," we think of smallpox. But in Shakespeare's time, the word referred to a dreaded sexually transmitted disease.

How Comic-Con Came to Rule the Pop Culture World

From its humble beginnings as an event for comic book nerds to its explosive impact on all forms of entertainment, some wonder if Comic-Con has gotten too big for its own good.

True Stories of How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Inspired Female Scientists

HowStuffWorks talks to three modern-day "Megs" to find out how they were inspired by the character's bravery, ambition and intelligence to pursue real-life scientific success.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Art History?

When people think of art, the first painting that pops in their mind is probably the Mona Lisa, but there are other important classical paintings. Take this quiz and find out how much you know about famous artists and their work!

Why Thanos Getting the Infinity Gauntlet Is Really Bad

Thanos, the purple bad guy hinted at since the very first 'Avengers' film, is finally going toe to toe with the heroes of the Marvel Universe. This can only end poorly.

How the Mighty Thor Busted Into Comic Books and the Big Screen

With Greek and Roman gods so much more well-known, what made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wade into Norse mythology when they created Thor?

Cirque du Soleil: Masters of Performance and … Water Filtration?

It's not enough to feature death-defying acts in your show. Sometimes you need a 50-foot waterfall onstage, too.

Would a Hobbit Be Healthy Enough to Go Adventuring?

If hobbits were real, could they really maintain the energy needed to undertake the quests of 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings'?

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