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7 Common Reasons People Apply for Personal Loans

Lenders don't ask your reason for wanting one, but our experts discuss some typical motivations for taking out a personal loan.

7 Common Reasons People Apply for a Personal Loan

Lenders don't ask your reason for wanting one, but our experts discuss some typical motivations for taking out a personal loan.

Why Frederick Douglass Was the Father of the Civil Rights...

Frederick Douglass spent the first 15 years of his life as a slave but rose to become a famous orator and abolitionist – as well as...

Want an Emoji on Your License Plate? Move to Vermont!

The Green Mountain State has introduced a bill to allow motorists to include emojis on their license plates. And we are totally on...

Seals Clap Underwater to Communicate

Seals have long been known as dry-land clappers, but the first-ever percussive clapping observed by scientists has blown seal clapping...

Taking Out a Personal Loan? Some Mistakes to Avoid

Taking out a personal loan can be a great way to fulfill a short-term goal or finance a dream, but there are definitely some mistakes...

Félicette, the First Feline in Space, Finally Gets Her...

In the early days of the space race, several animals went into orbit, including dogs, chimps and one intrepid cat. Who was this forgotten...

Is Jaywalking Still a Crime?

The history of jaywalking is probably way more complex than you'd expect. Criminalizing crossing the street has roots in the auto...

Is It a Fox on Stilts? Nope, It's a Maned Wolf!

The maned wolf might as well be called a werewolf given its unfortunate name. You see it's more fox than wolf, and yet it's neither.

17th-century Plague Doctors Were the Stuff of Nightmares

Contaminated water, poor hygiene and the lack of sanitation caused most epidemics prior to the 20th century, but the plague doctors...

How Did 'Bourgeoisie' Become a Bad Word?

If someone calls your tastes 'bourgeois,' should you thank them or shake a fist? You might have to check first with Moliere, Marx...

What's the Difference Between a Samurai and a Ninja?

Movies often pit dark-robed, masked ninja assassins against elite samurai warriors. But just how accurate is our modern outlook on...

The Delightfully Eccentric World of Shel Silverstein

A wildly successful author of numerous children's books, Shel Silverstein was also a poet, musician, illustrator and man of many talents....

New Solar Orbiter Will Get the First Glimpse of the Sun's...

NASA and the European Space Agency's new Solar Orbiter will travel as close as 26 million miles to the sun to get the first glimpses...

NASA's Solar Orbiter Will Get the First Glimpse of the...

NASA and the European Space Agency's new Solar Orbiter will travel as close as 26 million miles to the sun to get the first glimpses...

Soju: The Wildly Popular Spirit of South Korea

Soju is South Korea's unofficial national drink, a rice-fermented concoction often likened to vodka, but with about half the alcohol...

Should You Pop Your Blisters?

It's so gross-looking you're really tempted to prick it and let out the ooze. But what would a doctor say?

How the Panama Canal Makes Water Flow Uphill

The Panama Canal has been one of the world's biggest engineering feats since it was built nearly by hand in the 1900s.

How Polar Bears Work

The polar bear's shocking whiteness, ferocity and sheer size make it an icon of purity and power. How do these animals survive in...

What Exactly Is a Personal Loan?

Personal loans generally are installment loans that can be obtained without collateral. They have many uses and may be cheaper than...

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