On this date in 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as President of the United States. Our friend Thomas Sonnenschein is here to honor the underappreciated, overnamed twenty-first president.
Many years ago, in a college trivia tournament, a moderator asked a question: Who is the least-known American president?
The question itself invited more questions. Least known by whom? American historians? The general public? Nepalese monarchs?
And, of course, if the least-known president is well known... READ ON
by Martin Lewis
Dreaming of a remote island where you can really get away from it all? So far away that you may never (be able to) come back? Before we begin, you might want to fire up Google Earth to help you find your way.
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BY MEGHAN HOLOHAN. It seems like government agencies are ready to party like it's 1984. In its zeal to prevent another terrorism attack, the U.S. has relaxed laws that protect our privacy, making it easier for the government to keep an eye on you. The following four products could help Big Brother keep watch.
1. Wristy Business: Monitors for Airline... READ ON
We're blowing our whistles on the top turncoats in history and giving away all their dirty little secrets.
BY CHRISTOPHER CONNOLLY
1. Anna Sage: Dillinger's Deadly... READ ON
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By Meghan Holohan. The history of scientific discovery is full of missteps. Sometimes iffy ideas lead to stronger theories. Other times, a good idea becomes a bad idea. And still others seem like they were always bad ideas (if scientists don't understand why something glows in the dark, maybe you shouldn't paint your face with it).
1. Fire-proof... READ ON
Ed. note: Because the article covers a controversial topic, and a rightfully emotional subject, many readers have been asking for our editorial sources. While we've double-checked many of the facts in multiple places, the primary sources for the text are listed below the body... READ ON
By John Green
For anyone paying attention to the recent headlines, the media's been making a big to-do of John McCain's editorial getting rejected by the folks at the New York Times. We don't know just how amazing his editorial was, or whether there was talk of optioning the film rights, but we do know rejection. Here are a couple stories to give John McCain hope for the next draft.
Proust Gets Dissed:
After submitting his magnum opus Remembrance of Things Past to an important publisher, Marcel Proust... READ ON
By Erik Sass
In the years leading up to the Civil War, many Northerners and Southerners alike wanted the federal government to take a more aggressive approach toward acquiring new territory. In fact, some private citizens, known as filibusters, took matters into their own hands. They raised small armies illegally; ventured into Mexico, Cuba, and South America; and attempted to seize control of the lands. One particularly successful filibuster, William Walker, actually made himself president of Nicaragua... READ ON
By Christa Wagner
Sure, it may seem silly, but, comic books mean something. Soldiers used dog-eared copies of Captain America to keep their spirits up in WWII. The Green Lantern and Green Arrow made kids actually think about issues like racism and heroin. And millions gasped when they heard the news that Superman died. In fact, the vibrant medium is so often pegged as children's pulp, or fun for the feeble-minded, that people tend to forget that comics have actually grown with and continued to... READ ON
ABBA had to negotiate the rights to their name with a canned fish company.