Kate Rockwood is a freelance journalist living in Chicago.
Most of the world seems to think that America invented obesity sometime in the last century, but the truth is, fat has always been a part of life (witness Hatshepsut, one of the great ancient Egyptian queens who reigned in the 15th century BC—despite her svelte sarcophagus, modern archeologists believe that she was pretty obese and may have suffered from diabetes).
So it stands to reason that dieting has been around just as long.
Some historians credit William the Conqueror with starting the... READ ON
On the face of it, it seems like a hard sell to get millions of people to part with vast amounts of their hard-earned cash with just a hint of ever getting any of it back. But since casinos are able to do it at increasing amounts every year, the question is, how?
Well, a lot of it comes down to design "“ casinos are designed to put visitors in a trance-like state where the bright lights, lack of natural daylight and absence of clocks keep them lulled into continually pulling out their wallets.... READ ON
After every presidential election since 1984, Newsweek has printed the best gossipy stories, revealing all the whining and backbiting of America's greatest spectacle. Linda Rodriguez has gone through Newsweek's archives to pick out some memorable moments from recent elections. Today she wraps up with Bush v.... READ ON
After every presidential election since 1984, Newsweek has printed the best gossipy stories, revealing all the whining and backbiting of America's greatest spectacle. Linda Rodriguez has gone through Newsweek's archives to pick out some memorable moments from recent elections. Today's topic is the endless election of 2000.
The 2000 election "“ the one that saw George W. Bush follow in his father's footsteps "“ didn't come to an official conclusion until December 12,... READ ON
After every presidential election since 1984, Newsweek has printed the best gossipy stories, revealing all the whining and backbiting of America's greatest spectacle. Linda Rodriguez has gone through Newsweek's archives to pick out some memorable moments from recent elections, and we'll be posting her stories throughout the... READ ON
After every presidential election since 1984, Newsweek has printed the best gossipy stories, revealing all the whining and backbiting of America's greatest spectacle. Linda Rodriguez has gone through Newsweek's archives to pick out some memorable moments from recent elections, and we'll be posting her stories throughout the week.
George Bush the elder had just spent four years trying to refashion America into a "kinder and gentler" nation. But by the 1992 election, the American people... READ ON
Now that Obama and McCain are on the cusp of choosing Vice Presidents, maybe it's time to take a look at 10 of the most memorable backup plans, and what they might want to avoid.
1. Chester Arthur was... READ ON
Heavy is the head that wears the "It" girl tiara.
Sure, it's all fun and games "“ or coke and threesomes "“ at first. But it seems that barely a day goes by without some misguided pop moppet lurching across the evening news: Onetime star, fulltime trainwreck Britney Spears continues to careen from one explosion to another; Lindsay Lohan's strung out, white-trash-on-meth mug shot remains a perpetual punch line; and Nicole Richie keeps forgetting to eat.
Sure, you... READ ON
Dave Roos splits his time between freelance writing and organic vegetable farming, neither of which pay very well but make excellent use of his Religion major.
Kat Rosenfield is a writer, illustrator and entertainment journalist who loves zombies and yoga in equal measure (but preferably not at th
Jake Rossen is a writer, editor, and curator of fine comic strip art.
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Depending on the time of day, Greg Sabin is either a financial planner, freelance writer, banjo player, or improvisational comedian.
Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science journalist, writer, and broadcast media producer.
Erik Sass is the author of The Mental Floss History of the United States and co-author with Steve Wiegand of The Mental Floss History of the World, both of which you should go buy right now.
In his final days, Archduke Franz Ferdinand expressed forebodings about his journey to Bosnia to observe the empire’s annual military maneuvers.... READ ON
Erik Sass has been covering the events of WWI exactly 100 years later. Here's a look back at how we got here.... READ ON
Two years after the sinking of the Titanic the world was gripped by news of yet another horrific maritime disaster—but developments behind the scenes foreshadowed something even worse.... READ ON
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Since her dream of appearing on “Rock & Roll Jeopardy” didn’t pan out, Mandy works as a freelance writer.
Jenna Scherer is a writer, editor and rouser of rabble whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler,
Mike Schlossberg is a Pennsylvania State Representative who also works as a
The Southwestern graveyard of dinosaurs continues to be a source of discovery more than 100 years after its beds were first searched.... READ ON
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Dana Schwartz is a writer and comedian, graduating from Brown University in 2015.
Anne Schweitzer is a publicist in the City of St. Louis, splitting her free time between outdoor adventures and indoor cats.
Jon Seder is a writer, artist, graphic designer and recent Brooklyn expatriate who now happily lives in Maine.
Streeter Seidell is the front page editor of CollegeHumor.com and co-author of the site's first book, The CollegeHumor Guide to College.
Rachel is an East Coast native and a total Anglophile.
Freelance writer and head of expansion at bulb - a social network for sharing knowledge - living in Colorado.
Bud Shaw is a columnist for The Cleveland Plain-Dealer who has also written for the Philadelphia Daily News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The National.
Karl is a British theoretical media graduate trying to make it in the world as a writer. If you're reading this, he's probably not doing half bad. To see his work, Google him.
Ben Smith is a Software Engineering major entering his junior year this fall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
M&M’s stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.