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10 Places and the Words They Inspired

1. Buncombe County, North Carolina Just before the U.S. House was set to vote on allowing Missouri into the Union in 1820, North Carolina Rep. Felix Walker requested a chance to speak. When his exhausted colleagues tried to cut him off, he told them that his speech wasn’t actually for the House at all, but for [...]

11 Questionable Suggestions for Raising the Titanic

The 100-year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic is only a few days away. In the years since the hulking ship slipped beneath the surface of the Atlantic, a wealth of ideas have been offered for how to bring it back to the surface – many of them proposed before the ship was even located [...]

The Quick 10: The New York Public Library Turns 100!

Happy Birthday to one of the best places in the world to curl up with a good book: the New York Public Library. Here are a few fascinating facts about the library to celebrate her big centennial. 1. We have former Governor of New York Samuel J. Tilden to thank for the NYPL. When he died [...]

Why Chicago Should Be Called Phoenix

In honor of our upcoming field trip to Chicago, we’re going to be posting some Chicago-centric stories. If you live in that part of the country, we’d love to meet you this weekend! by Christopher Zara This is the heroic tale of skyscrapers rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, and how they inspired change [...]

Bronze Rubik’s Cube

Artist Marshall Astor made a functional Rubik’s Cube out of bronze. He describes how the Cube is designed and how this complicated a project that would use plastic parts to move metal pieces. Astor also mused philosophical on the project: In making a Rubik’s Cube with undifferentiated sides, I was attempting to remove the concept of [...]