Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States.
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Some narratives can’t be found in history books. That's the kind of stuff we love here at the _floss.
College football is usually a young man’s game, but occasionally an old timer finds his way onto the field.
On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.
Jason Scott is my favorite archivist; I've written about his work on early LOL Cats, Computer Beach Party, his BBS Documentary, and his talk at Defcon 18 about inter-(software)-pirate battles.
Gumby Fails at Robbery
Police in San Diego are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a suspect who tried to rob a convenience store in a Gumby costume.
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StoryCorps has recorded over a thousand stories of 9/11 victims as told by their loved ones.
At the end of a good book, do you ever close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there”? Good news: in some cases, you can.
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If you're reading this on your phone at an NFL season kickoff party and searching for conversation fodder, here are the stories behind every NFL team nickname (and what they were almost called).
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The construction of the Pentagon began, eerily enough, on September 11, 1941.
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Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn.
Ed Catmull (later a Pixar founder) and Fred Parke (later a professor) made a remarkable film in 1972.