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The Journey of 'Uncle Tom': From Abolitionist Hero to Ultimate Sellout

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was a wildly popular 19th-century novel about a heroic enslaved man in the American South. But along the way, 'Uncle Tom' became shorthand for a Black man who's subservient to whites. What caused the switch?

The Misrepresentation of 'Nosferatu' in Vampire Lore    

Popularized in the 1897 novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, and the film "Nosferatu" in 1922, the word "nosferatu" is largely considered to be an archaic Romanian word, synonymous with "vampire," though the true origin story is long and complicated.

Hilarious Posters Poke Fun at Bad National Park Reviews

Illustrator Amber Share loves the outdoors. But not everyone has her same enthusiasm. She found a way to turn their bad reviews of national parks into comedy gold.

4 Really, Really Unfortunate Facts About Lemony Snicket

In 'A Series of Unfortunate Events,' noted for its dark humor and sarcastic storytelling, narrator Lemony Snicket recounts the calamitous lives of the Baudelaire children, who are orphaned after a mysterious house fire.

Shakespeare Wrote in Iambic Pentameter. But What Is That?

Both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer are known for using iambic pentameter in their famed works of literature. But what is iambic pentameter and how can you spot it?

The Magical Art of Cambodian Shadow Puppetry Has Entertained for Centuries

The tiny Southeast Asian country of Cambodia has achieved a worldwide reputation for perfecting the art of shadow puppetry. But the practice is in danger of dying out.

Freeports: Warehouses Filled With Art the Public Never Gets to See

It's hard to imagine, but much of the world's most beautiful art sits, rarely seen by anyone, in tax-free warehouses called freeports.

Read J.K. Rowling's New Book, 'The Ickabog,' Online for Free

J.K. Rowling fans rejoice! The beloved author is releasing a brand-new book online. And it's totally free.

Crayola Unveils New Crayons for Kids of All Colors

Gone are the days of peach and flesh crayons. Crayola just created 24 skin tone crayons to help advance inclusion through coloring.

6 Famous Paintings That Hold Hidden Messages

Painters love to include hidden symbols and meanings inside their works, either as pointed messages to specific viewers or simply as signposts to be found by a general audience. Here are six you may have missed.

'The Last Supper': The Masterpiece Leonardo Didn't Want to Paint

Leonardo's 'The Last Supper' has had a rough history, from flaking paint to the fact that da Vinci really didn't even want to paint it.

The Delightfully Eccentric World of Shel Silverstein

The wildly successful author of numerous children's books, Shel Silverstein was also a poet, musician, illustrator and man of many talents. He even lived in the Playboy mansion for a time.

Was the Grinch Based on Dr. Seuss?

Dr. Seuss didn't live atop Mount Crumpit. He didn't have a loyal pup named Max outfitted with reindeer antlers. But there were some similarities between Seuss and his famous green miser.

4 Views of 'Little Women' on Film

This classic celebrated its 150th anniversary of publication in 2018. With a new film adaptation coming out this month, we look at how various movie versions of "Little Women" were tweaked to fit the times.

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.