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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August

National Underwear Day/Getty Images At first glance, August might seem light on the holiday offerings. We dug a little deeper to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you beat the heat. 1. August 1st: National Girlfriends Day Rest easy, boyfriends of the world, this holiday has nothing to do with you. National Girlfriends Day honors [...]

Facts About Every Student From the 30th Story of Wayside School

Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories From Wayside School series is still a favorite of elementary-age kids, 34 years after the first book hit the shelves. Each of the three books features 30 chapters — one for each floor of the Wayside School building — and each chapter (usually) features one student. Here are a few facts [...]

Hitchhiking Around The USA: 5,000 Miles and 930 People in 162 Seconds

A lot of people like to travel, but Benjamin Jenks‘ idea is slightly different: instead of flying or driving, he hitchhiked around the United States for a year. It took Benjamin 3 months to [...]

Even Superheroes Aren’t Recession Proof

The sad truth discovered by most superfolks is that saving the world doesn’t exactly pay the bills, and you’re left looking far less than heroic when you lose your day job due to the recession or a twist of fate. This photo series by Bechet Benjamin finds some spandex-clad superfolks and Disney characters at the lowest [...]

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 [...]

Battle of the Babies: a White House Brawl

In this corner: Baby Ruth Cleveland. If you’re much of a presidential history buff (or into candy trivia), you’ve heard of Baby Ruth, who likely wasn’t the source of inspiration behind the candy bar of the same name. Because she was born between her dad Grover’s two terms in office, she’s one of the most [...]

The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones “Hey, what song are you listening to?” Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I’m glad to oblige — other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and [...]

Alternative Back to the Future Posters

The Shortlist has a pretty nifty gallery of 12 Back to the Future posters as interpreted by indie artists – my favorite two are shown above, the one to the left is created by Phantom City Creative in collaboration with Twitch Film and the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the one to the right is in [...]

Missing Pier 39 Sea Lions Are Found in Oregon

Remember the case of the “missing” sea lions of San Francisco’s Pier 39? Well, they have been “found”: Marine experts now believe that the Pier 39 sea lions have gone to Oregon. A couple thousand California sea lions showed up off the coast of Oregon with their typical bark that separates them from the growling Stellar [...]