Why Are First-Year Students Called Freshmen?

Kara Kovalchik

Image credit: Duke.eduThere was a time when almost every university student was a sophomore.  Well, a sophister, to be exact, but that’s where the word “sophomore” originated.

World War I Centennial: Austria-Hungary Punts the Balkan Issue

Erik Sass

Installment #37: As September 1912 drew to an end, the Balkan Peninsula was hurtling towards war.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 71

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

John James Audubon's Discovery of a Bird That Might Not Exist

Matt Soniak

Wikimedia Commons “It was in the month of February, 1814, that I obtained the first sight of this noble bird, and never shall I forget the delight which it gave me.” That’s John James Audubon, t

The Woman Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Eddie Deezen

Making it in Hollywood is a tough game. For every success story, there are a thousand failures. A vast majority of hopefuls understand the odds and still choose to go for it.

The Missing Links: Beard Yeast Beer

Colin Patrick

I’m Gonna Pass on the Face Yeast Beer This brewery is going to start making beer with yeast they harvested from their brewmaster’s bearded face. * It’s Just Your Common, Everyday Nazi Space Roc

11 Legendary Monsters of Asia

Miss Cellania

Every country has eerie tales of monsters from hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago.

At the Libraries: Reading is Good for You

Miss Kathleen

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

The Weird Nicknames of 7 Spy Agency Headquarters

David W Brown

Because being a secret agent isn’t cool enough, spymasters tend to build elaborate headquarters buildings with really great nicknames.

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn't Make the Cut

M Asher Cantrell

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn't wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood.

Brain Game: The Problem of the Two Cars

Today's Brain Game Think Thursday is a classic puzzle included in Robert Tocquet's 1957 book The Magic of Numbers (2+2=4).

Morning Cup of Links: Slave Ants

Miss Cellania

The Three Biggest Lies About College Admission. They may have been valid rules in the past, but the college game has changed a lot in the past few years.

The Nazis Were on to Continental Drift Before Everyone Else

Matt Soniak

Wikimedia Commons “The dream of a great poet.” “A fairy tale.” “Delirious ravings.” “Moving crust disease and wandering pole plague.” “Germanic pseudoscience.” In the early 20th cent

A Brief History of Challenge Coins

Rob Lammle

There are many examples of traditions that build camaraderie in the military, but few are as well-respected as the practice of carrying a challenge coin—a small medallion or token that signifies a per

12 Beloved Children's Authors Who Also Wrote for Grown-Ups

Adrienne Crezo

You've probably heard by now that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a new book releasing this week, and it is definitely not for children.