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Popular email clients, particularly Gmail, have a tendency to cut emails off after a 102-kilobyte limit. Why the heck is that—and whose fault is it, anyway?


My bad Dropbox organization habits brought Apple’s power-sipping MacBook Air to its knees in just a single day

The Apple M1 chip computer logo seen on a mobile phone screen next to a larger Apple logo
The Apple M1 chip computer logo seen on a mobile phone screen next to a larger Apple logo
Photo illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images


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Today’s GIF comes from Jürgen Henn of 11foot8.com. More on him and his wonderful site in a second.

Why low overpasses are often so damaging to trucks, RVs, and other large vehicles — and why the ensuing crashes are so fun to watch.


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For decades, it was easier to get a bottle of vodka in Iceland than a pint of beer. The reason says more about Iceland’s politics than its temperance movement.


How I found home networking nirvana with a powerline connection, a form of home networking that might be called poor man’s ethernet. No drilling involved.

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“Canned laughter,” a controversial element of most television comedy, feels unnerving in its quarantine-era absence. Its initial creation is downright fascinating.


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This was a product that predated the AIDS crisis by more than 40 years, but was taken off the market as a result of it.

The surprisingly true story of Ayds, a diet suppressant candy that was incredibly successful until its name became forever associated with something else. Fans of Corona beer may see the parallels.


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How the milk crate, a commonly stolen type of container, became the target of tough legal regulations — and how those regulations have started to backfire.


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Pondering the way that the creative process is often directed by rules which, in many cases, stifle creativity. Sometimes, you just have to throw the rules out.


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Today’s GIF comes from the inaugural landing of the first commercial flight in St. Helena, which took place in 2017.

Two years ago, a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean got its first airport — perhaps the world’s most obscure airport. It was expensive, but can St. Helena thrive?

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