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Francine Ashby smiles from the clubhouse at Charlestown, an Erickson Living community near Baltimore, Md.

Over the last two years, the economic landscape has changed for the better. More Americans are employed now than ever before and consumer confidence is climbing.

Found Kermit Weeks at Fantasy of Flight in 2013

If there’s anyone who personifies the pursuit of passion, it is definitely aviator and airplane collector Kermit Weeks. Founder of the Florida-based Fantasy of Flight museum and airfield, Weeks has amassed an extraordinary assortment of vintage airplanes that attracts tourists from all over the country.

A circus poster from 1897 (P.T. Barnum died in 1890).

After years of declining ticket sales, increasing operating costs, and ongoing legal battles with animal rights groups, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave its last performance in 2017. 

Six older people stand together, laughing and smiling

It seems that not a week goes by without some celebrity, politician, or business leader getting called out for making a racist or sexist comment. 

Making off-handed remarks about race, gender, or religion is guaranteed to stir up controversy and has even led to job termination or forced resignation. 

NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Anne McClain and Christina Koch work on U.S. spacesuit maintenance in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station.

Earlier this year, American astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to upgrade the power systems on the International Space Station. The otherwise routine mission would be historic—the first all-female spacewalk—but days before the scheduled mission, NASA announced that McClain would not be participating. 

A white toilet with a black while behind it.

Over the years, it has had many names: the latrine, the lavatory, the commode, the loo, the john. The toilet, as it’s otherwise known, is one of the most important inventions in history.

And we take it for granted.

Scanning electron microscope image of human blood—a mixture of white and red blood cells, both of which are key components in the immune system.

There’s an old saying: “You eat a pound of dirt before you die.” The significance of this observation goes well beyond cleverness, though. 

The immune system thrives on struggle. That is, you must challenge and exercise it, lest it become lazy and weak.

It seems the stuff of science fiction, perhaps a plot twist in an apocalyptic Armageddon movie. 

A massive asteroid is careening toward planet Earth, and there’s no real way to stop it. Its trajectory is certain, and the projectile’s size is well beyond that which the friction of the atmosphere can burn up.

A strange shape barrels through the forest.

The creepy, crawling, prowling creatures may be walking or swimming among us. We know them as Sasquatch, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, even shape-shifters. 

Are they fiction or reality? That depends on how deeply you believe in cryptozoology.

A tenuous bridge between science and folklore, the field is far more cultural than it is clinical. But it’s also fascinating.