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Great news, childless clock enthusiasts! These towering timekeepers don’t have anything to do with being a grandpa. Rather, they take their name from the 1876 song “My Grandfather’s Clock,” which describes a clock that “was too large for the shelf, so it stood 90 years on the floor.” The British ditty was so popular that all long-case clocks came to be known as grandfather... READ ON
Gas lines are currently stretched across New Jersey and other states hit by Hurricane Sandy. If you're struggling to find a place to fill up, you might be asking yourself this very question, which we originally posted last... READ ON
A controversial call at the end of Monday Night Football cost Green Bay a victory last night, and the referee's decision swung an estimated $150-$250 million in the gambling world. Every once in a while, a play or call will have serious repercussions for bettors. Here are a few tales that will make the gambling community wince.
1. Chris Duhon's Heave
As the clock dwindled on Duke and UConn's 2004 Final Four matchup, Blue Devils fans had to hang their heads. Their underdog squad was going to lose... READ ON
Most coaches spend their entire lives coaching in some capacity, but a few of the all-time greats have gotten some interesting paychecks outside of football. Take a look at some other jobs coaches have... READ ON
It’s not that the machines have slight security glitches. It’s more that they’re almost comically hacker-friendly. Take the touchscreen Diebold Accuvote system. In 2012, nearly one-quarter of Americans are expected to use them to cast ballots. But the machines have been under fire for security errors for nearly a... READ ON
An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race. Since voters are often swayed by these revelations, the right October surprise can swing a losing campaign right into White House. Here are a few notable examples.1968: LBJ calls off the bombs.The 1968 race between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey looked like it would be an electoral rout. Nixon successfully ferreted away Southern Democrats who... READ ON
As more and more Americans embrace email and other communication technologies, the U.S. Postal Service has absorbed the hit. The agency lost an estimated $10 billion in 2011 and expects to top that this year, leaving many analysts to wonder how long it can hold on. So, what’s keeping you from starting a competing service?Well, the... READ ON
You’ll need more than a map and a shovel to find these cultural gems. But trust us, it will be worth the effort.
1. Hitchcock's Missing... READ ON
To bring the Olympic spirit to developing nations in the late 1990s, the Olympic Committee allowed a small number of “wild card” athletes to join the Games. But because they didn’t have to go through any qualifying rounds to compete, not all of the contenders arrived prepared. One such athlete was a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea named Eric Moussambani. When Moussambani arrived at the 2000 Sydney Games, he’d only been training for the 100-meter freestyle for about eight months. He’d also never... READ ON
As the Olympic Games get set to kick off in London with the opening ceremony on Friday, we know that the next couple of weeks will feature some fantastic athletic stories to inspire us, amaze us, and occasionally make us laugh. However, don't discount the opening ceremony itself as a chance for some memorable Olympic moments. Past ceremonies have been known to include their own little quirks, disasters, and political flaps. Here are a few of the best.
1. The Olympic Torch Becomes a Korean BBQ
The 1988... READ ON
Flamingos are naturally white. Their diet of brine shrimp and algae turns them pink.