David Brown is coauthor of The Command (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) and Deep State (Wiley, 2013). He is a correspondent for The Atlantic and regular contributor to The Week and mental_floss. He can be found online at http://dwb.io.
1. If you’re a weatherman in the Air Force, you’re probably a battle-hardened commando.... READ ON
It wasn't all flappers and jazz bands.... READ ON
Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground, by John D. Williams, is a merry exploration of the intriguing, eccentric, and sometimes brutal world of professional SCRABBLE play.... READ ON
In his engrossing new book, The Billion Dollar Spy, David E. Hoffman takes readers into the CIA’s Moscow station during the Cold War, telling the astonishing story of how spies recruited agents, and what happened when things went wrong.... READ ON
Historically, the United States has planned to go to war with just about everyone. Here are a few of the more bizarre plans, from history and today.... READ ON
Horror stories from someone lucky enough to escape.... READ ON
Untold thousands of people are responsible for the myriad components and software elements that make up your computer. Here are a few of them.... READ ON
The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO.