France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.
(2) Thomas Edison
The sheer scope of Edison's inventiveness is staggering. The Wizard of Menlo Park held a record 1,093 patents when he died in 1931.
When he was alive, people thought Michelangelo was the best artist in the world. Since his death in 1564, that esteem hasn't faded much.
I live in Michigan, and people often have to ask what the two-letter postal abbreviation is for our state.Â It's a pain sometimes, but living in Michigan is beneficial in other ways, such as bein
Vernal Equinox 2009: Facts on the First Day of Spring.
This Sunday will mark the 106th (or 108th, according to some sources) birthday of Greta Kempton (1903-1991).
(6) John Maynard Keynes
When laissez-faire economists fell flat on their face in the late 1920s, there was an opening for a brilliant mind to prompt a sea change in economic thinking.
Think sexism kept women out of math until fairly recently? Think again.
(2) Benjamin Franklin
Possibly the first great American genius, Franklin was many things. Statesman. Diplomat. Almanac writer. Bifocal inventor. Ill-timed flyer of kites.
I'm not very into basketball.
Benjamin Franklin was kind of a big deal. He penned Poor Richard's Almanack, invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the rockin' glass harmonica, and a bunch of other great stuff.
We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.
When the NCAA Tournament tips off, you may know every team's star player and its odds to win the title. But how well do you know the mascots?
Reader Ashley Field works at University Book Store in Mill Creek, WA. She arranged a display inspired by our recent issue, and she was kind enough to send us a picture.
(1) Thomas Jefferson
The scouting report on our third president is awe-inspiring. Declarer of Independence. Purchaser of Louisiana. Designer of buildings. Founder of universities.
(8) John Stuart Mill
Although he sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in discussions of history's great thinkers, Mill's genius bona fides are hard to question.