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Monks Sued For the Rights to Sell Coffin

After Hurricane Katrina put St. Joseph Abbey of Louisiana in financial hardship, the monks decided to parlay their woodworking skills into making and selling coffins. But before they could even sold a single casket, St. [...]

7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1900s. While Downton might be the only abbey about which people in the [...]

A Lady Knows How to Properly Insult Another

I am at a loss to explain why I love Downton Abbey, but I do. This is not an unusual sentiment. And the Dowager Countess has become my favorite character. She’s unflappable, faithful to her sense of honor, and knows how to lay down a few words. Sunday Avery summarized her neatly in this cross [...]

Skinhead Decides to Attack Black Man Wearing a "Spokane Boxing Club Champion" T-Shirt

It would prove to be an unwise decision. The encounter began when the suspect informed the boxer that gentlemen of his race were not welcome in a particular bar: Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department officials said at the time of Abbey’s arrest that he threatened to stab Baker. Baker, of Spokane Valley, left the bar to avoid a [...]

The Quick 10: R.I.T.: Famous Tombstone Typos

Typos are rarely a good thing, but when they’re literally set in stone – well, those are monumental mistakes. Check out eight famous pieces of garbled granite, along with two that look like errors but aren’t. (Sorry for all of the bad puns. Sometimes I can’t help myself.) 1. James K. Polk, 10th President of the United [...]

The Late Movies: Best of The West Wing

The West Wing combined drama, humor, sharp writing and dynamic characters and wrapped it all up as a U.S. civics lesson. Tonight for The Late Movies, here are a few of my favorite clips. Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, played by the late John Spencer, liked to hold Big Block of Cheese Days—days when people who [...]

Woman snaps strange winged object

Abbey Linfoot has photographed a strange angel-like object flying over the streets of Nuremberg. She’d been on holiday taking photographs of the city …

Bubble Trouble: The Not-So-Sweet History of Champagne

By Eric Furman Just hearing the word “champagne” conjures up images of sparkling wine, popping corks, and wild celebrations. But mentioning that other Champagne—as in the northeastern region of France—evokes a much more complex bouquet. Filled with wars, political clashes, and controversy, the bubbly region and its eponymous drink have produced a rich history worth toasting [...]

10 Nursery Rhymes and Their Origins

What child doesn’t love nursery rhymes? It is this love which has allowed so many of these tales to survive hundreds of years. While many nursery rhymes are innocent stories, some contain morals and others have sinister or political underlying meanings. This list looks at ten popular nursery rhymes and their origins (or speculated origins). 10 Humpty [...]