How Apple's '1984' Super Bowl Ad Was Almost Canceled
The inside story of the commercial that changed advertising, even though Apple's Board of Directors didn't want to run it at all.... READ ON
The First (And Last) Serious Challenge to the Electoral College System
No election cycle would be complete without a debate over whether or not the Electoral College should be abolished.... READ ON
10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army
The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC, pronounced: JAY-sock) is best known for the Osama bin Laden raid. But it has long served as the president's secret army, planning and executing the most dangerous, highly classified missions of the United States military.... READ ON
12 Olympians Who Don't Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer
From inside a casket to inside a coffee table, these winners made a different choice.... READ ON
9 Game Show Stories Worth Retelling
There's something intriguing about watching someone answer a question, or spin a wheel, or pick a suitcase. That's why game shows have been around for nearly three-quarters of a century. Here are some of our favorite stories from game show lore.1. The First Game ShowThe first game show ever broadcast was Spelling Bee, a BBC program that premiered on May 14, 1938. Host Freddie Grisewood dressed as a schoolteacher and asked guests to spell words. Advertisers flocked to support the program, but it... READ ON
The Birthplaces of 10 Great American Foods
You know cheesesteaks are from Philly, but what about onion rings, Cobb salad, and root beer floats?... READ ON
11 Things You Might Not Know About the Air Force
1. If you’re a weatherman in the Air Force, you’re probably a battle-hardened commando.... READ ON
8 Secrets From the Wonderful World of Disney
1. There Are Human Remains in the Haunted MansionThe Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland is one of the scariest places in the park, but not for the reasons you’d expect. In his 1994 book Mouse Tales, former Disney employee David Koenig tells the story of a tourist group that requested a little extra time on the ride so they could hold a quick memorial for a 7-year-old boy. Disney gave the family permission, but it turns out, the memorial was only half their plan. When the mourners were spotted... READ ON
11 Things Las Vegas Has Banned for Some Reason
Las Vegas lets its visitors get away with a lot. Gambling is legal. Walking down the street drinking a beer is legal. Prostitution is illegal but tolerated. It calls itself Sin City and promises that, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”Despite this, there are still some things you can’t do in Vegas. Here are eleven odd things the city has banned over the years.1.... READ ON
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What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?
Shopping spree?... READ ON
11 Famous Misquotations and What Was Really Said
1. "Billions and billions." Carl Sagan never said this, and he even explained that he never said it in the first chapter of his book, which, incidentally, was titled Billions & Billions:"Oh, I said there are maybe 100 billion galaxies and 10 billion trillion stars. It's hard to talk about the Cosmos without using big numbers...But I never said 'billions and billions.' For one thing, it's too imprecise."The quote actually originated from Johnny Carson's impression of Sagan.2. "The British are... READ ON
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11 Essential Talking Points for Mount Rushmore Enthusiasts
Gutzon Borglum began carving Mount Rushmore on this date in 1927. Here's everything you need to know about the famous tourist... READ ON
The Stories Behind 11 Famous Cocktails
When you belly up to the bar, how well do you know the cocktail you're ordering? The ingredients of these famous tipples may be familiar to bar patrons the world over, but some of their origins are as debatable as those of the Flaming Moe. Here's a quick rundown of where some of your favorite drinks entered a glass for the first time. 1. The... READ ON
7 Wildly Successful People Who Survived Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy may not be the financial kiss of death that you assumed it was.... READ ON
A Brief History of Marbles (Including All That Marble Slang)
If you're the type of mibster that has knuckled down with a taw and shot for an aggie duck, then you already know quite a bit about mibs. If you're among the many people who have no idea what any of that means, stick around as we explore the history of marbles.Rolling Through HistoryBelieve it or not, but no one really knows where marbles originated. They've been found in the ashes of Pompeii and in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, and they were played with by Native American tribes, so it's... READ ON

Gureng-gureng, Gabi-Gabi, Waga-Waga, Wemba-Wemba, and Yitha-Yitha are all names of native Australian languages.

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