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19 Presidential Jokes for Presidential Joke Day

We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in awhile, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. Saturday is presidential joke day – a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have [...]

Meet the Parents: 11 Dads of Famous Juniors

Let’s get ready for Father’s Day by taking a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. Here are the seniors behind a slew of well-known Juniors. 1. Martin Luther King, Sr. probably didn’t know his name would become so famous when he changed it. The civil [...]

When We Decide What to Call the Afternoon Links, We’ll Put That Up Here

The 1940s Produced the Greatest Generation – Of Squirrel Outfitters – the World Has Ever Seen This gallery depicting Mrs. Mark Bullis and her snazzzily-dressed squirrel, Tommy Tucker, is pretty awesome. * E-Books Are Cool and All, But Can You Make a Super Cool Safe out of Them? The answer is no, you can not. And everyone needs one [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sally Ride

© Kimberly White/Reuters/Corbis You know Sally Ride as the first American woman to travel into space. Today let’s take a look at five things you might now know about the astronaut. 1. She Proved There Is Such a Thing as a Stupid Question When Ride made her first space flight in 1983, she was both the first American [...]

The Late Movies: What the Heck’s An Internet?

It wasn’t so many years ago, you’ll remember, that the Internet was just a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye. Soon after its birth came Compuserv, local-area dial-up bulletin board systems, AOL — and a slew of TV segments and how-to videos designed to address the question that seemed to be on just about everyone’s mind [...]

Surprise! Global Warming will Freeze All of Us to Death

If global warming proponents are right, then we’re all doomed and life on Earth as we know it would cease to exist – but the manner by which it will happen may surprise you. See, the words “global warming” conjure up images of a hot and scorched Earth, but the end may actually be the [...]

History of the U.S.: Al Gore Really Did “Take the Initiative in Creating the Internet”

While it was a bold claim, “took the initiative in creating” is not the same as “invented.” The latter summons up images of Gore writing equations in a white lab coat, laying fiberoptic cable in a hardhat, and sharing a cup of tea with a house wife while explaining how to use e-mail; the former [...]

What Really Motivates Us

In the late 1980’s, Dan Pink made a terrible mistake: he went to law school. He didn’t fare well, graduating in the bottom 10% of his class. Later he overcame his failure at law and became chief speechwriter for Al Gore, then wrote three books about the workplace (including one best-seller). His fourth book is [...]

Al Gore: World’s First "Carbon" Billionaire?

Climate change may be serious stuff for many of us, but for Al Gore, it’s seriously profitable. He’s about to become the world’s first “carbon” billionaire: Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy as Mr Gore. And few [...]

Lo! The Internet Turns 40

UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock remembers sending the first message over the Internet 40 years ago this week; the first word sent host-to-host was supposed to be “login,” but the receiving computer crashed after the first two letters. So the Internet’s first word was “Lo!” Soon came the first denial of service, and the first spammer. In honor [...]