Real Schools of Rock

Ransom Riggs

I'm sure you all remember the recent film School of Rock, starring Jack Black.

History of the U.S.: Thomas Edison Gets Enlightened

Stacy Conradt

In 1862, at the age of 15, Thomas Edison’s first job was selling newspapers at a train station near his home in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

6 Constitutional Amendments That Just Missed the Cut

Ethan Trex

Since 1789, Congress has approved 33 constitutional amendments. Twenty-seven of those amendments were eventually ratified and became part of the Constitution.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cher

Ethan Trex

Cher's done a little bit of everything. She's blown up the pop charts, hosted a hit variety show, and even won an Oscar.

The Most Interesting Conversation You've Overheard

Jason English

Every Friday, 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.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Woman Says Boyfriend Beat Her with a Cat Police arrested 49-year-old Lasalle Davis in Hoboken, New Jersey Tuesday for domestic assault.

Brain Game: Henry & Katherine

Congratulations to Lizzie and Ellen, wives of honchos Mangesh and Jason, both of whom had blessed events earlier this week.

The Number of the Day: 11

Andréa Fernandes

In theory, an earthquake can actually measure 11, or even higher.

Morning Cup of Links: Online Dating Facts

Miss Cellania

Jane Goodall arrived in Tanganyika in 1960 with no training but a lot of enthusiasm for studying chimpanzees.

The Late Movies: Awesomely Bad 80s Football Team Videos

Mark Arminio

In the 80s—a decade which I grow happier and happier I was mostly comatose during—it became fashionable for NFL teams to make delightfully cheesy team videos.

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.