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Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

Ten Incredible Perfect Moments in the History of Editing

Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos… everything is better on the second draft. 1. THE CATCH IN CATCH 22: The Edit that became an idiom In 1961, author Joseph Heller finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 to his editor, Robert Gottlieb. Although Heller had spent seven years perfecting the story, Gottlieb saw room for improvement. The editor taped the [...]

New Nessie photograph surfaces

William Jobes believes he may have captured Nessie on camera after attempting to do so for 45 years. The 62-year-old was at Fort Augustus when he noti…

The Quick 10: 10 Book Burnings

This weekend, sadly, marks the anniversary of the bonfire of the vanities. Not that novel from the ‘80s, but the actual bonfire of the vanities, the event in 1497 when thousands of objects that might tempt people to sin were reduced to nothing but ash. Unfortunately, burnings such as this one weren’t that unusual – [...]