Here are 10 historical slang terms and euphemisms for infidelity that you probably won’t see in headlines today.... READ ON
As recovery efforts begin in areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, rebuilding may seem like an impossible task right now. But rebuilding will happen. We’ve talked about historic disasters like the Great Chicago Fire and the 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco. Let’s look at five other U.S. cities that bounced back after natural disasters.
1. Galveston,... READ ON
It's not unusual for wealthy people to leave part or all of their wealth to family and friends. It's extremely rare, however, that people leave estates and fortunes to complete strangers. Here are seven of those exceptional people.
1. An unnamed wealthy Brooklynite
A New York man who died in 1919 was well-known for his "wealth and eccentricity," and his will did not disappoint. He left these instructions to the executor of his estate: "I own seventy one pairs of trousers. It is my desire that they be... READ ON
1. "Nothing more than the expression and product of human... READ ON
Radium was discovered by Marie Curie and her husband Pierre in 1898. In 1903, the Royal Academy of Sciences awarded Marie and Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel the Nobel Prize in Physics, making Marie the first woman to win the prize. Later, in 1911, she would win her second Nobel for isolating radium, discovering another element (polonium), and for her research into the new phenomenon of radioactivity, a word she coined herself.By 1910, radium was manufactured synthetically in the U.S. But before the... READ ON
Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won't do.... READ ON
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Look sharp, java monsters. It's joe's big day! While the holiday's origins are a little murky, we do know that an annual bean-themed event began in Japan in 1983 and has since spread to at least 16 countries that import or export the globe's favorite hot beverage. The holiday falls on various dates around the world, but today the United States, Canada, England, Ethiopia and Malaysia are celebrating the globe's love affair with... READ ON
If your bread wallet is empty and you need to line the flue, knight the ribbons and mosey to a beanery. Your cookie-pusher will know what you mean when you order any of these 27 cowboy food and drink items.
1. Bear Sign: Doughnuts
2. Overland trout: Bacon
3. Blue John: Skimmed milk
4. Boggy-top: A pie with no top crust
5. Cackleberries: Eggs
6. Charlie Taylor: A butter substitute made of sorghum or syrup mixed with fat. It wasn't good, and apparently neither was Charlie Taylor, who... READ ON
You've probably heard by now that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a new book releasing this week, and it is definitely not for children. But Rowling isn't the first well-known author of kids' books to take a stab at writing for adults. Here are 12 others.
1. Judy Blume
Almost everyone has read a Judy Blume book or two, and it's no surprise: classic middle-grade hits like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Freckle Juice, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and, of course, Are You There God? It's Me,... READ ON
Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.