These images show the massive damage the flood caused in Johnstown. Over 2,200 people lost their lives.

The last several months have been some of the rainiest on record for many parts of the United States. Both flash and full-blown river floods have occurred in states from Texas and Michigan to Pennsylvania and, perhaps most notably, Ellicott City, Md.

David Fairchild, left, meeting plant explorer Frank Meyer for whom Meyer lemons are named.

If you drink green juice packed with kale, eat whole grains like quinoa, and seek out healthy-fat-laden avocados, you have David Fairchild to thank. Fairchild brought tens of thousands of new plants and crop varieties to American farmers, and the fruit of his labor made a lasting impact on both the U.S. economy and the average American’s diet.

One of Peter Arno’s best-known illustrations (circ., 1943), showing a man completely submerged, head down, in a glass-enclosed shower stall.

The realm of illustration comprises numerous great artists and household names the likes of Norman Rockwell, Beatrix Potter, Gustave Doré, and Dorothy Hope Smith. But there is one important group of illustrators who often find themselves left out of the mix—cartoonists.

Each year, cigarette smoking causes more deaths than AIDS, alcohol, illegal drug use, homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle crashes combined for adults over the age of 35. It is the primary cause of 163,700 deaths from cancer, 160,600 deaths from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and 113,100 deaths from pulmonary diseases.

They are amongst the most powerful natural forces on the face of the Earth. Tornadoes have long been at the center of fact and fiction and, understandably, a source of fear and awe.

Portrait of composer Joseph Haydn, circa 1791. Haydn’s work has prompted musicologists to dub him the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet.”

His contributions to classical music have prompted some musicologists to dub him the “Father of the Symphony.” While not a household name in the manner of Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms, Joseph Haydn was an artistic luminary worthy of equal respect. 

Dr. Maurice Hilleman, who developed 9 of the 14 recommended childhood vaccines.

In the wee hours of March 21, 1963, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a single father who lived outside of Philadelphia, awoke to find his five-year-old daughter Jeryl Lynn by his bedside complaining of a sore throat. Touching his daughter’s face and neck, Dr. Hilleman instantly recognized the telltale symptoms of mumps.

If you’ve always dreamed of having a Porsche but can’t decide which one you like best, Porsche Passport may be the answer.

Before you drive your new vehicle off the dealership lot, you have some decisions to make. First, you have to decide on the size, color, and model of your vehicle. Do you want a brand new car or a used car? And perhaps the biggest decision, will you purchase or lease the vehicle? 

Since the average American holds on to the same vehicle for about 6.5 years, these decisions matter.

The Drunkards Progress,  N. Currier,  1846.

In its various forms, alcohol is perhaps the oldest drink in human history. For thousands of years, it has served in many capacities, from nutritional source and culinary complement to social lubricant and psychological escape.

Today, alcoholic drinks arguably comprise the best-selling beverages globally. In 2014 alone, they brought in a staggering $1 trillion in sales.