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Permission to Sin: Why The 7 Deadlies Aren’t So Terrible After All

Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren’t all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to temptation. 1. SLOTH Quit beating yourself up about your unused gym membership: It’s only 10 percent your fault! Turns out, laziness is largely genetic. In 2004, Timothy Lightfoot, currently a kinesiologist at Texas A&M University, began publishing [...]

The Bernie Madoff Collection

Bernie Madoff is serving time in a federal prison for running the largest Ponzi scheme ever. The U.S. Marshals Service held an auction of Madoff’s possessions to recoup some of the losses. Frederick James designs bought some of Madoff’s clothing, which they have made into iPad cases. You could probably make one out of your [...]

At the Libraries: Librarian-Themed Birthday Parties

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Hey guys, I’m back! I missed you, and hope you’ve been having a great summer, and, of course, visiting your local library for some juicy summer [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Seinfeld Reunion

What have Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine (from Seinfeld – if you don’t know that already, stop reading now. It wouldn’t make sense to you) been doing over the past 11 years? Jimmy Greenfield of Chicago Now’s Arts & Entertainment has the summary from the Seinfeld reunion from Curb Your Enthusiasm: We learned that George made millions [...]

Your Prefix of the Day: Yotta-

News came this week that a Mr. Dalton Chiscolm is suing Bank of America for $1,784 billion trillion dollars. That’s $1,784,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. In the International System of Units this amount would be expressed as 1.784 yottadollars. The range of SI unit prefixes is shown above; “yotta” is the largest accepted prefix, used to measure things like the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Residents of the Motion Picture Country House

In 1940, Jean Hersholt did a very cool thing – he bought nearly 50 acres of land through the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which he co-founded, and turned part of the property into the Motion Picture Country House. It was a place for those in the motion picture industry to retire and be cared for [...]