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Ancient Roman Socks

These magnificently preserved socks date back to Roman Egypt, c. 250-420 A.D. Are they designed for two-toed people? Not quite: The big toe divided from the others suggest that the socks were probably meant to be worn with sandals. It is unclear whether the socks formed offerings to the dead or were used as foot coverings. [...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Spielberg

You probably know quite a bout about Steven Spielberg, the director of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Schindler’s List, and the new movie Abraham Lincoln. But there are still surprising things about him that I never suspected. Sis you know producer Cubby Broccoli rejected Spielberg twice when he tried for a position directing [...]

Another Hat Puzzle

If you enjoyed trying out the Four Men in Hats puzzle, here’s another one for you. Again, the inmates must solve the puzzle or they will be executed.   On one such occasion, three cells were needed, so three of the cleverest inmates – Albert, Barry, and Carl – were put in a room and given a [...]

A New Twist in the Sad Saga of Little Albert

A few years ago we linked to the sad story of Little Albert, an infant who was a psychological test subject in John B. Watson’s experiment on fear. He conditioned the child to be afraid of rats, a fear which generalized to all furry animals. At the time, we said no one knew what happened [...]

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 [...]

Glow Stick Goo For Your Guts

A new rave scene is about to kick off in your local doctors office, but this time the glow sticks won’t be the only things that are glowing-your guts will be too. That’s because researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University recently developed a fluorescent protein that will illuminate the inside of [...]

The Late Movies: Happy (Early) Birthday, Bill Cosby!

There aren’t a whole lot of people who could bounce back after supporting something as odious as New Coke, but if anyone could do it, it was Bill Cosby. The insanely successful comedian, actor, author, producer, educator, musician and activist has been making us chuckle for nearly 74 years. Here’s to the Cos on the [...]

Five for Fighting

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces.. In 1942 five brothers made a sacrifice that showed just how much a family could give to the war effort. PATRIOTIC FERVOR January 3, 1942: After ringing in the New Year, the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy. [...]

Bringing a Different Meaning to the “Crown” Jewels

A tooth necklace might seem like the type of accessory you would have found in Jeffrey Dahmer’s dresser drawers, but back in Victorian times, there was no sweeter way to commemorate your child’s first lost tooth. In fact, Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, had their first daughter’s milk tooth made into a brooch shaped like a [...]