One of Prince Charles's Secret Service code names was "Unicorn."
Today's archival tidbit comes from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets:
Alexander the Great's epitaph is one of the most famous in history: "A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world
This month's Atlantic includes a fascinating article by Michael Hirschorn on what newspapers have to do to stay relevant in an increasingly diffuse, almost schizophrenic, media environment.
Andy Rooney is in the news this week, distancing himself from a viral list of offensive statements attributed to him.
Apparently, a cargo container full of junk food washed up on shore in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
I stumbled across these earlier today, and I was thoroughly amazed.
I remember the day NYC's smoking ban went into effect and bar owners from the Bronx to Brooklyn feared for their businesses.
... but you just might suffer a fatal car accident, have a heart attack or fall to your death (though probably not all at the same time), according to a recent study by National Geographic.
I saw this ad in a magazine recently and my heart sank. Could it be that people really don't know who Martha Graham is? The most significant pioneer of modern dance in this country?
Yes, more everyday, practical advice from your friends at Mental_Floss.
I collect educational Atomic Age gewgaws "“ so far my menagerie includes a complete electric microscope set similar to the one at left, the famous "Piltdown Man" plastic skeleton, four
You guys sent in some great responses to last week's challenge on myths and urban legends. For this week's challenge, I'd like to see winter holiday-related facts.
This one's for my friend Becky, the art history grad student -- I saw it Overheard in New York:
Kid: Mommy, why are there so many pictures of naked people?
Mother: Because lots of people we
This week's archival tidbits come from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets:
Only a single original manuscript of Beowulf survives, and it was severely damaged in a fire in 1731 while in storage at a p
... or, as it were, bit. This according to studies performed on Neanderthal bones found in a Spanish cave in 1994, which seem to indicate that many Neanderthals practiced cannibalism.
The Easy Way: Be Famous
Hey, we didn't say anything about this being the easily accessible way.