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History of the U.S.: In Your Face, King George II

Stacy Conradt

Salem Village sent a request to Britain for permission to incorporate as a town, but it was returned with the rejecting message “The King Unwilling.” In 1757, the determined residents ignored His Maje

A Bunch of Terrific Sesame Street Videos

Chris Higgins

Everyone's favorite kids' show is embracing new media: Sesame Street has a Tumblr.

Getting to Know Your Colors, pt 1

David K. Israel

Colors affect us. No question there, right?

14 Celebrities Who Appeared on Comic Book Covers

Special Guest Star

by Robert

The Number of the Day: 17

Stacy Conradt

The gestation period for a killer whale is 17 months.

Brain Game: Five-by-Five #2

Five-by-Five puzzles aren't difficult, they're just an exercise for the noggin. Enjoy! Place the following words and names into a 5 × 5 grid so that they link together.

Morning Cup of Links: Time Travel Mart

Miss Cellania

A secret corps of government photographers and filmmakers documented US nuclear testing in the 40s and 50s.

Innovator, Inventor, and Painter: Jan van der Heyden

Andréa Fernandes

The Dutch painter Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) left a lasting mark not only on the world of art, but on the world of firefighting as well.

Trivial Pursuits?

David K. Israel

Please excuse this moment of shameless self-promotion, but my new novel became available today in the Kindle store and is presently at number 10,091...

The Late Movies: Collegiate A Cappella

Andréa Fernandes

College students have been forming a cappella groups since at least the late 1800s, with the Rensselyrics of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute being the oldest known group.

Rad Bromance

Rob Lammle

This week, fresh off her domination of the MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga will be performing two shows at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Quick 10: 10 Films Roger Ebert Hated

Stacy Conradt

When Roger Ebert hates a film, he really doesn’t mince words about it. Here are 10 films he absolutely loathed (including a couple of surprises) and his dry assessments of their value. 1.

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

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.

Another Great Book Trailer: Night of the Living Trekkies

Ransom Riggs

In the short few years that book trailers have existed as a Thing People Know About, publisher Quirk Books has reigned more or less supreme, starting with their trailer for Sense and Sensibility and S

It's a Girl!

Andréa Fernandes

Ellen English, our fearless leader Jason's wife, gave birth to their second daughter, Katherine Therese English, this morning.

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