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Although the East German government fortified the barrier with everything from watchtowers to guard dogs to beds of nails, a few people managed to slip over the border in amazing ways.... READ ON
If not for a long vacation, an unreliable car, an understanding wife, and a determined inventor, the granddaddy of them all, the Leatherman Pocket Survival Tool, would never have been created. ... READ ON
Bankruptcy may not be the financial kiss of death that you assumed it was.... READ ON
Love wasn't always as simple putting a ring on it.... READ ON
In the 1920s, a journalist, a college student, and a German shepherd teamed up to change the lives of the blind.... READ ON
Since 1789, Congress has approved 33 constitutional amendments. Twenty-seven of those amendments were eventually ratified and became part of the Constitution. Six failed after being sent to the states. Here's the scoop on those six that didn't make the grade.... READ ON
Albert Brooks is brilliantly funny, but he may not have made it as far in show business with his birth name: Albert Einstein.... READ ON
No matter how many Goldfish and Milanos you’ve eaten, you may not know how tasty Pepperidge Farm’s history has been. ... READ ON
For most of us, college donations entail little more than occasionally dropping a small check in the mail after receiving repeated pleas for cash from our alma maters. Some people, though, tend to be a bit more individualistic with their generosity. Let's take a look at some of the quirkier donations schools have received:1. Bequest Puts Jocks on the... READ ON
Opposition to smoking has been around almost as long as smoking itself, and some of the historical measures to curb lighting up might surprise you.... READ ON
The duffel bag is named for Duffel, Belgium, where the cloth used in the bags was originally sold.