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The Missing Links: Beard Yeast Beer

I’m Gonna Pass on the Face Yeast Beer This brewery is going to start making beer with yeast they harvested from their brewmaster’s bearded face. * It’s Just Your Common, Everyday Nazi Space Rock Buddha Statue This thing is pretty cool. * Relax, Internet Friends There will be no bacon shortage. * The Bride & O-Ren Hug It Out If you’re [...]

This Is the World’s Tallest Mohawk

It took Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe 15 years to make his dream a reality. After great effort, he was able to grow a mohawk that is 3 feet, 8.6 inches tall. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the tallest in the world. He says to make it stand upright it takes stylists two hours, one can [...]

Awkwardness and Bawdy Talk: 7 Tales of Presidential Courtship

You may be surprised to learn that not every politician is equipped with romantic game. Here are the stories of a few presidents who had a little difficulty garnering the affections of the first lady – or at least had a few awkward moments during the courtship. Learn from their fumbles, and be grateful that [...]

Persistence Pays Off for Meerkat Underdogs

As US President Calvin Coolidge once famously said, "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded [...]

The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song

History buffs might know the name Charles Dawes, which probably sounds vaguely familiar but can’t-quite-place-him to the rest of us. Here’s a refresher: he was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president. They hated each other. Long before he was Coolidge’s second-in-command, however, Dawes was a pianist and composer. In fact, he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha [...]

Dirty Campaigning in the Roaring Twenties: Hoover vs. Smith

One year ago today, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. If you thought last year’s campaign was dirty, Joseph Cummins, author of Anything for a Vote, has a story for you. In an article we first posted last fall, Mr. Cummins explains what passed for mudslinging in the Roaring Twenties. The Election [...]

Rutherford B. Hayes: The National Hero of … Paraguay?

Editor’s Note: We originally put up this story in April of 2008, but after a (lively) inter-office discussion of the Hayes administration this morning, we decided it was time to re-post. In Rutherford B. Hayes’ hometown of Delaware, Ohio, there’s a memorial to the late U.S. president; it’s a plaque that marks his birthplace, which is [...]