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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition

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.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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.

By Stell Simonton

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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?

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Alia Hoyt

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?

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Dave Roos

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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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!

By Alexis Robinson

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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.

By Bryan Young

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?

By Bryan Young

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Robert Lamb

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Crayons are steeped in the artwork of our childhoods. So how did these incredibly popular little sticks of wax and color actually come about? And who decides the color names?

By Oisin Curran

Artist Paul Cummins' moving Poppies sculptures continue to tour the U.K. in honor of British soldiers killed during World War I.

By Sarah Gleim

'Domestic Medicine' was the most popular health guide for over 100 years. Which advice still holds up today and which is plain dangerous?

By Alia Hoyt

Before the days of Esquire and GQ, the famous poet wrote about men's health and grooming in newspaper columns. How does his advice stack up today?

By Dave Roos

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It's been more than 200 years since her birth and we're still learning new things about this famous novelist.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Pressures to seem macho can leave men off the dance floor — but it depends on the culture.

By Alia Hoyt

Although this writer and poet wrote seven volumes of autobiography, there are still some things you may be surprised to learn.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

When DC Comics rebooted "The Flintstones," few expected it to be a biting social commentary of the age, but guess what?

By Bryan Young

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"One can consider how we might live a kintsugi life, or 'rebirth' finding value in the cracks ... bringing to light the scars that have come from life experiences."

By Alia Hoyt

From Margaret Wise Brown to Beatrix Potter, some children's authors have reputations for disliking kids. Are the rumors true?

By Kate Kershner