This thread from Merriam-Webster's generally wonderful Twitter account makes a nice bright spot to close out this bastard of a year.
A Viking warrior's grave, long assumed to have been that of a man, is confirmed to have been for a woman.
What pollutants are in your tap water? (in the United States).
The SS Palo Alto , a concrete ship, was smashed and broken against the pier by storms this week. But concrete ships have been around since the late 19th century, and there are and were many others.
Feeding whipped cream to raccoons from a can. I am going to end up like this in old age, and I will die of rabies. Also, raccoons mob people for Doritos.
A description of the Joplin tornado by an ER doctor who was on duty at St. John's Hospital when it was hit. more inside