Krampus is a mythical creature who punished badly behaved children, according to myth.
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Billions of years ago, wind, heat and the rotating Earth formed currents just as they're produced today — but their paths would have been wildly different.
The oldest known writing dates back more than 5,000 years. But who was the first author we know by name?
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Sometimes dark or milk chocolate gets a white sheen or blotchy white spots on it. What is happening, and is chocolate that has turned white safe to eat?
As global temperatures rise, the ecology of Antarctica is already changing, but Earth's climate would have to change drastically before the continent could support agriculture and permanent settlers.
The biggest blasts come from above, while volcanic eruptions and human-caused detonations have also unleashed incredible levels of energy.
Race and ethnicity are terms that are sometimes used sloppily, almost interchangeably. But race and ethnicity are not the same thing.
Birds have sex via an internal chamber called a cloaca that is present on both male and female animals.
It can be a freeing feeling to shuck off your shoes and walk outside barefoot...until you get a splinter.
If Earth had no atmosphere, the moon would be visible all the time. So why is it only sometimes visible in daylight?