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Introducing 'At the Libraries'

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen will provide links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country.

The First Fade-Out

David K. Israel

The Neptune movement from Gustav Holst's The Planets is generally considered the first piece of music to use the fade-out.

How Historians Will Use the Twitter Archives

Chris Higgins

Last week the Library of Congress announced that it would archive all public tweets (Twitter messages).

Dietribes: Almond Joy

Allison Keene

"¢Â Almonds have a long history of importance, even getting a mention in the Bible's Book of Numbers as a symbol of divinity. Romans also used almonds as a fertility charm.

Arcade Game Propaganda Posters

Jill Harness

It seems that so many video games are about wars (be it intergalactic, historical or fantasy), it only makes sense to start recruiting for the cause.

Does Counting Sheep Really Help You Fall Asleep?

Matt Soniak

As far as we can tell, the idea of counting sheep to get to sleep might go back to ancient shepherds, who had to literally count their sheep every night before turning in, to make sure they were all t

Brain Game: Movies Turning 10

Today's Brain Game offers the initials of the titles of seven of the top 25 highest-grossing motion pictures released in the year 2000.

Morning Cup of Links: Millihelens and Megafonzies

Miss Cellania

Prohibition was largely the work of one man: Wayne B. Wheeler.

The Late Movies: Stadium Demolitions

Erica Palan

Last week, after Texas Stadium was demolished, I emailed blog overlord Jason English to pitch this Late Movies about demolished stadiums.

The Quick 10: The Scrumdidlyumptious Roald Dahl

Stacy Conradt

Is there a kid out there who doesn't delight in the made-up words and fantastical worlds Roald Dahl created over the years?

Tonight on PBS: DIRT! The Movie

Chris Higgins

Airing tonight as part of the PBS series Independent Lens, check out DIRT!

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Ads for Feminine Products

Kara Kovalchik

Do you remember the first time you saw a live model wear a brassiere on a television commercial? It might not have been as long ago as you think.

More on Your Favorite Children's Books

Jason English

Today is Day Seven of Stacy Conradt's ten-day salute to our favorite children's books.

10 More Weird Clauses in Sports Contracts

Ethan Trex

We've taken a look at strange clauses in baseball contracts before, but since the NFL draft is quickly approaching, we're about to be inundated with another round of sports contract terms.

Surreal Knitting Art Photography

Jill Harness

How do you take knitting from grandma's sweater collection to the world of the surreal?

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