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The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

The Japanese military invaded American soil in 1942 when a force of 500 men overtook the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska in Alaska. They captured a Navy weather crew stationed there and occupied the islands, which are the westernmost parts of the USA. It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused [...]

Saturn’s Swirling Megastorm That’s Bigger Than Multiple Earths

The colored swirls indicate the tail end of Saturn’s massive storm that occurred sometime between 2010 and 2011. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science East Coasters panicked by this weekend’s oncoming Frankenstorm haven’t seen anything yet. New readings from NASA’s Cassini orbital spacecraft have discovered that a massive maelstrom first spotted on Saturn in 2010 was more intense than initially [...]

Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]

Vampires at Sea and Other Wacky Cruises

Do you love the Twilight series? Good news! There’s a cruise ship experience designed specifically for you. The Vamp Cruise tours along the coast of Alaska and British Columbia. Everything on board caters to the needs of fans of the “sparkling vampire genre.” It’s one of eighteen oddly themed cruises described at the Travel Channel, including [...]

The Late Movies: Erupting Volcanoes

On this date 6 years ago, Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupted (at left), its first eruption in at least 10,000 years. Fourpeaked had been dormant for so long that many geologists believed it to be extinct. To mark the anniversary of Fourpeaked Mountain’s re-entry into the active volcano category, tonight we present a variety of videos [...]

What Happened to Bob Ross’ Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. He didn’t sell them, and he never put them in a gallery. Where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob explain: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these [...]

Internet Pranksters Campaign to Send the Rapper Pitbull to Alaska

Someone at Walmart had the brilliant idea of trying to popularize the company’s social media site by holding a contest: whichever Walmart store has the most likes will get a visit from rapper Pitbull. The thing is, they didn’t count on the [...]

Taco Bell to the Rescue of Alaska Town

When residents of the remote town of Bethel, Alaska, learned that the news of a Taco Bell opening was a hoax, their hearts were crushed. But when Taco Bell learned of the story, it came [...]

At the Libraries: Heavy on the Visuals

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! I just can’t understand this no-fiction-prize business from the Pulitzer Committee. How do you have nominees but no winner? I guess the New Yorker has it [...]

Youngest Ever Iditarod Winner

Dallas Seavey was the first to cross the finish line of the 40th Iditarod race in Nome, Alaska, yesterday evening. At 25 years old, he is the youngest winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ever, though it’s not his first sports championship -he was a state and national champion wrestler in high school. A [...]