So-called ABC agencies are shuffled, reorganized, eliminated or created with every administration. Some are formed in response to a specific event (like the TSA), and others are dismantled because they’re no longer necessary or have fallen out of political favor. Here are 11 interesting examples of the latter. ... READ ON
When Canada adopted its flag in the mid-1960s, 2,136 of the submitted designs contained a maple leaf. Another 389 featured beavers.... READ ON
If you're turning 25 this year, good news—you can now rent a car in the US without paying a weird fee <i>and</i> you're as old as the California Raisins. Read on, before your quarter-life crisis hits.... READ ON
1983 was a banner year for American culture. If you're turning 30 this year, you're not alone—here are 30 things to celebrate with.... READ ON
People are strangely fascinated by what other people eat, and even more so when that other person is the president. Here are 10 Christmas dinner menus from presidents past and present.
1. 1790 - George Washington
Christmas at Mount Vernon was no small affair. In addition to Washington's super-tasty eggnog, the first president served onion soup, oysters, broiled herring, Yorkshire pudding, roast suckling pig, turkey with chestnut stuffing, boiled beef with horseradish sauce, Virginia ham, lima beans,... READ ON
It's been nearly a week since the massacre in Newtown, and Ann Curry's #26acts campaign continues to zoom around the internet. Thousands of people have committed to doing small kindnesses in honor of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As people from across the country (and the world) report on their acts of kindness, we decided to talk to the middlemen: people who are helping make those acts happen for the people of Newtown by taking donations, facilitating deliveries, and providing services to... READ ON
You're probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals of fallen soldiers, protesting charitable organizations, showing up with hateful signs after national tragedies, and for being generally terrible, terrible people. This weekend the WBC's spokesperson announced their plans to picket at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here are 10 nonviolent counterprotest... READ ON
To the dismay of many people with swag, "GIF" edged out "YOLO" to become the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. (In the UK, the top word was "omnishambles.") Other shortlisted terms include "nomophobia," or cellphone separation anxiety (no+mobile+phobia), and "MOOC," an acronym for "massive online open course," or a free online university course. Of these, GIF may be the most viable, but hindsight tells us that Word of the Year candidates have not always fared so well. Here are 11 examples.
1. Moofer... READ ON
No election cycle would be complete without a debate over whether the Electoral College should be abolished. (These are just from the past week.) But have we ever come close to actually replacing the system that everyone loves to hate?
Almost, once. It all started when Nixon was... READ ON
We’re not telling you not to vote. We’re just saying that these 10 people won’t be (or didn’t).
1. Nate Silver
When “Poblano” began publishing his 2008 presidential election predictions and analyses on Daily Kos in 2007, people paid attention. Then “Poblano” moved to his own blog, FiveThirtyEight.com, where he later revealed he was really Nate Silver, the guy behind PECOTA, a system that predicts Major League Baseball players’ performances. After Silver accurately predicted the... READ ON