At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."
When the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world -- for 11 months.
Editor's Note: This is the second installment of Bill DeMain's new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs.
1. The Battle of
It is now a deadly weapon in Mario Kart and a slapstick comedy staple, but how did the banana peel gets its reputation as such a threatening object?A Danger to SocietyBefore the discovery of its comed
Enjoy today's Monday Math Square mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge:
Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.
The Secrets of Failure. We all make mistakes -the important part is how well we bounce back afterward.
Over half the U.S. is sweltering in a heat wave.
With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect.
Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids.
From James, a stunning flash mob.
NASA's Space Shuttle program (formally known as the "Space Transportation System" or STS) saw 135 launches, beginning in 1982.
In south London, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, it’s possible to walk up to a metal strip running along the ground in a courtyard and, stepping over it with one foot, straddle the world.
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This is the time of year when I trot out the time-honored tradition of complaining about my neighbors' late-night disposal of leftover fireworks.
Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S.
The Library of Congress has chosen 88 books that shaped America, do you agree with their choices? They are willing to take your suggestions as well!