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Baseball, hot dogs, mom and apple pie. Of all these iconically American things, the apple pie holds a special place in the lexicon of American symbolism, but why?
Mongolia is a country struggling to maintain its nomadic ways while stepping boldly into the modern 21st century world.
This native New Zealand 'liquid gold' honey may make you want to abandon the bear. But does it really have medicinal properties, and why is it so expensive?
There are two types of huskies and they both look an awful lot like malamutes, so it's no wonder people can't tell them apart.
Feeling hungover or rundown? Just walk into an IV drip bar, sit down and roll up your sleeve. Is this a good idea or a fad that will go the way of the sauna suit?
We're celebrating, what else? The all-American cheeseburger.
Though ol' Wile E. never did catch the Road Runner, coyotes are some of the most ingenious and adaptable animals on the planet.
Some U.S. doctors and Asian American health advocates are calling for a lower BMI cutoff for Asian Americans, mainly because of health concerns about Type 2 diabetes.
The London borough of Islington plans to harness the excess heat of the London Underground to hike up the heat to nearby homes and businesses.
Jackals, formidable members of the canine family, are often portrayed in traditional world folklore as wily tricksters, up to no good. They are actually brilliant survivalists.
The National Neighborhood Watch Program was originally established in 1972 as a local response to neighborhood crime. How has the idea evolved over time?
Many scientists say that the response to climate change will require planting new trees. A whole lot of them.
It is the largest animal ever to exist on the planet.
It may seem like just the cutest thing in the world to you, but owning a pet monkey is a really bad idea. Here's why.
Ruby chocolate is a growing worldwide sensation, but the exact recipe and processing techniques are closely guarded secrets.
His theories about the mind's ability to affect the body influenced Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.
This stunning sight is totally natural and totally cool.
This banana has soft, sweet flesh and tastes a lot like vanilla custard or ice cream. One scoop or two?
Amanita phalloides is non-native to the North American continent, introduced to California from Europe, and rapidly spreading.
Having blood drawn is a piece of cake for some people and a traumatic experience for others. Either way, being armed with information can only help make the process easier.