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The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

The Japanese military invaded American soil in 1942 when a force of 500 men overtook the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska in Alaska. They captured a Navy weather crew stationed there and occupied the islands, which are the westernmost parts of the USA. It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused [...]

9 More 2012 Presidential Candidates

The third party presidential candidates we told you about a couple of weeks ago were only the top of the list of those running for president in 2012. There are plenty more, but as you go down the list, information becomes harder to find. Here are a few that are either on the ballot somewhere [...]

Jason Segel, Jack Black and Will Ferrell as the Hitchhiking Ghosts

For its new ad campaign, Disney engaged famous photographer Annie Leibovitz to feature comedians Jason Segel, Jack Black and Will Ferrell as the Hitchhiking Ghosts from its Haunted Mansion ride. Yahoo’s Shine blog has the [...]

200 Years of Election Art

A new book, Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art has 100 U.S. political posters that are suitable for framing, going back, well, 200 years. See a sampling of 18 of the posters at Brain Pickings. Shown here is an 1856 poster for Republican presidential candidate James Fremont. Link -via Nag on the [...]

Bizarre Street Art Promotion For Goodwill

  These spooky figures, holding a note with their faces obscured, are part of a strange street art advertising campaign by Red Agency for Goodwill stores, to illustrate that Goodwill is the best place to buy costumes. The slogan is “Be Anything This Halloween”, but I don’t think I’ll be going to this year’s Halloween bash dressed [...]

How the Greatest Prankster in Political History Messed With Richard Nixon

© Bettmann/CORBIS by David Borgenicht and Turk Regan Democratic prankster Dick Tuck began tormenting Richard Nixon in California in 1950, after he became a mole in Nixon’s successful Senate campaign. When Nixon unsuccessfully sought the presidency 10 years later, his opponent, John F. Kennedy, hired Tuck to play practical jokes on Nixon. The day after the first [...]

Why Does New Hampshire Get to Hold the First Primary?

© Rick Friedman/Corbis Because the state wants it that way! New Hampshire’s primaries have informally been the earliest since 1920, but over the years, the state has passed laws to ensure that its primaries will remain the first in the nation. In fact, New Hampshire’s officials are bound by state law to hold the primary “on the [...]

What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?

Image credit: REUTERS/ADAM HUNGER/LANDOV After a disappointing performance in the Iowa Caucus, Rick Perry is reassessing his campaign. Some members of her own party are urging Michele Bachmann to call it quits. If they do drop out and they’re not out of cash, what happens to that money? One thing’s for sure — disappointed candidates can’t console [...]

The Campaign Against Spoilers

Are you tired of your friends, family or co-workers ruining the plots of your favorite movies and tv shows? Then put these anti-spoiler campaign posters up all over the place and let the spoilers be forewarned-ruin the surprise and there’s going to be hell to pay! This is a hush campaign for the 21st century, [...]

Call Me Hope

(YouTube link) This catchy video was created by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson and set to the music of Paul Simon. It is the second video of a campaign called “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential Campaign” from Mama Hope, a nonprofit organization working to improve the living conditions of people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana [...]