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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 [...]

A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space

Pretty much ever since humans discovered flight, we’ve been strapping animals into our new devices just to see what would happen. Over the last 330 years or so, we’ve launched dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, roosters, ducks, spiders, fruit flies, silk worms, ants, bees, moss, turtles, rabbits, jellyfish, amoebae, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, goldfish, and one Enlightment-era [...]

Robot Learns Language Like a Baby

When the robocalypse happens, and you find yourself begging for your life at the foot of our new robot overlords, and when the robot denies your request in fluent English, and you find yourself thinking "my, [...]

11-Year Old "Mayor of the Day" First Order of Business: Naming Justin Bieber Street

When 11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez was named “Mayor for a Day” of Forney, Texas, she wasted no time in putting her power to use: she gave Justin Bieber his own street! “Because I really like Justin Bieber,” Caroline told E! News when asked why she decided to make this her first order of business. “I like his [...]

At the Libraries: Year of the Librarian!

Every Wednesday, 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! Here’s a beautiful illustration courtesy of InformationIsBeautiful.net: a cloud of books that everyone should read. Looks like To Kill a Mockingbird is #1 – agree or [...]

Putin’s New Puppy and Other Snuggly Diplomatic Gifts

© Pierre Marsaut/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last week, during their meeting about the South Stream gas transit pipeline and other large-scale energy projects, Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a Karakachan puppy, which he nuzzled in front of the cameras. Throughout history, many other world leaders have exchanged animals. From showing might to making [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Today happens to be the anniversary of the day Sara Jane Moore tried to take President Ford out in 1975, so we’re revisiting an old post on assassinations. Had it not been for the quick thinking of the guy next to Moore, Nelson Rockefeller would have been president and who knows where history would have [...]

Vintage Ads: Translation, Sex Appeal, and Innuendo

You ought to wonder what a wind-blown skirt and cleavage have to do with shoeshine, but you know what was on the minds of the men who came up with this advertisement! See more hilarious and suggestive magazine ads from the 40’s-60’s at Divine Caroline. Link From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by StigNordas.