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18 Vintage Photos From Prohibition

Americans are fascinated by prohibition, as evidenced by the success of shows like Boardwalk Empire and the many movies based on Al Capone. But for all the discussions and reenactments of the period, it’s still rare to actually look back on photos from the period. Here are a few scenes from the fight against alcohol, [...]

Al Capone’s car goes on sale

A green 1928 Cadillac that belonged to infamous gangster Al Capone is being sold for £325,000. The car features a lavish interior, steel armour and bu…

11 Things You Might Not Know About Income Tax

© David Woo/Corbis Every American’s least favorite day of the year is just around the corner. In commiseration, here are some things you might not know about the income tax. 1. More People Think It’s Okay to Cheat Taxes are never popular, but recently they have gotten even less so. In 2011, 16% of Americans said it was [...]

Five Interesting Tributes to Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore? Absolutely, if Grover Norquist has his way. As Chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project, Norquist believes that all 50 states should have a landmark of some kind named after the Gipper. At least 27 states already have something – streets, elementary schools, post offices, even an airport. But some of [...]

7 Major Mafia Murders [Warning: Gruesome Photos]

1. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel Date: 1947 Murdered: Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum) Siegel, in an effort to reinvent and legitimize himself, had moved to Las Vegas to oversee the construction of the Flamingo resort. He failed miserably at the job and then was murdered just months after the casino went nearly bankrupt. While reading the Los Angeles [...]

7 Major Mafia Murders

1. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel Date: 1947 Murdered: Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum) Siegel, in an effort to reinvent and legitimize himself, had moved to Las Vegas to oversee the construction of the Flamingo resort. He failed miserably at the job and then was murdered just months after the casino went nearly bankrupt. While reading the Los Angeles [...]

10 Things About Detroit That May Surprise You

Once one of the largest, richest and most prosperous cities in the US, Detroit has fallen on hard times. But reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. It remains a city with a talented workforce (it has more engineers per capita than any other city), huge manufacturing capacity, rich history, amazing culture and a downtown [...]

Buildings of Historic Chicago

Take a look at seven historic Chicago locations. Some were notorious hangouts of the Prohibition-era gangsters of Chicago. You may have even been to some of them without knowing the colorful background of these placces. The speakeasy, 1920’s icon. When prohibition began, outlawing the sale of alcohol in the United States paved the way for criminals [...]

18 Airports Named After People (Including a Cartoonist)

If you’re doing any air travel this winter, chances are you’ll end up spending quite a bit of time sitting in airports. During those layovers, your mind may wander. Who is this O’Hare fellow? What made LaGuardia worthy of an airport? How about Hartsfield and Jackson? Here’s a look at some namesake airports whose origins [...]

The Late Movies: Clips That Made Me Smile

If you had a rough day and need a smile, tonight’s Late Movies are for you. (Though if you had a great day and want to keep those good feelings going, you’ll enjoy them, too.) We’ve featured some of these on the blog before, but now they’re all in one place. My wife sent me this [...]