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How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

The Happy Rizzi House

This beautifully odd building in Brunswick, Germany was designed by Olaf Jäschke and the late American pop artist James Rizzi. The Happy Rizzi House was deeply controversial among residents of that city when it was built. But I want one in my town. Don’t you? Link | Photo: Flickr user temporalata

Dietribes: Pecans

• The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century. One of the few Dietribes subjects to actually grow as a native plant in North America, it is considered one of our most valuable nut species. My home state of Georgia, though often known primarily as the Peach State, is actually the [...]