The Quick 10: 10 First Magazine Covers

Stacy Conradt

Some magazines have been around so long, we tend to forget there was a time when they were just fledgling start-ups.

How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part IV)

Matt Soniak

Reader Adam from Fairfax, Virginia, wrote in to ask, “How did the US states get their names?” This week, we’re tackling the origins and meaning of the names 10 states at a time.

History of the U.S.: Matthew Perry Causes Chaos in Japan

Stacy Conradt

Matthew Perry - the Commodore, not the Friend, caused a bit of a ruckus when he visited Japan in 1853.

Soda Pop Stop: 500 Flavors in One Store

Chris Higgins

Galco's Soda Pop Stop is a specialty store in Los Angeles that sells almost exclusively soda pop -- though there's also some candy and a deli counter tucked away in the back.

How 13 More Great American Cities Got Their Names

Ethan Trex

A few weeks ago we took a look at how 17 great American cities got their names.

Getting to Know Your Colors, pt 2

David K. Israel

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the symbolism behind various colors. If you missed it, be sure to check out part 1 right over here. In that post, I revealed that blue was my favorite color.

5 Stories of People Delivered as Cargo

Miss Cellania

You hear about cases of smugglers who traffic in slaves or illegal immigrants as cargo, often with horrific outcomes.

Nature's Creepiest Metaphor: the Ant Death Spiral

Ransom Riggs

This video has been making the rounds lately, but I haven't seen a lot of accurate descriptions of what exactly is going on in it.

Brain Game: Players in the House

NOTE: Okay, I wrote a clunker. My apologies.

Morning Cup of Links: Bad Employees

Miss Cellania

National Geographic Explores the Gulf Oil Spill. Read how it happened (and better yet, why) in a clear narrative without panic or sound bites. * Tower Maintenance.

The Number of the Day: $100,000

Andréa Fernandes

In 2000, FAO Schwarz sold a one-of-a-kind Monopoly set for $100,000.

The Late Movies: More "Next on Mad Men" Parodies

Chris Higgins

Two weeks ago I brought you The Late Movies: Baffling "Next on Mad Men" Clips, which seemed to strike a chord with other bloggers -- it was picked up by the New York Times as well as our fri

At the Libraries: Librarians Save Lives

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

The Quick 10: 10 Films Roger Ebert Really Loved

Stacy Conradt

To counter yesterday’s “10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated” post, today we’re checking out a few movies he really loved. Here's what h`e had to say about them. 1. Batman Begins, four stars.

A Documentary for People Who Love 'Mad Men'

Ransom Riggs

I didn't really think the world of advertising was all that fascinating -- until I started watching Mad Men a few years ago. Now I can't get enough.