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World War I Centennial: Mounting Machine Guns on Airplanes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

The Lost Masterpiece

The following is an article from Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader. A few years ago one of our BRI writers saw the classic 1931 horror film Dracula for the first time …and thought it was terrible. He never knew there was a story behind why the film had so many problems -or even that [...]

Odd Jobs: 15 Professions With Strange and Wonderful Names

Historical employment records are full of fantastic job titles that don’t often show up in today’s classifieds. Here are 15 professions with very interesting names. 1. Catchpole. A catchpole rounded up delinquent debtors. Imagine a cross between Dog the Bounty Hunter and a really smarmy collections agent. 2. Hayward. An officer in charge of fences and hedges. [...]

7 Curious Cases of Criminal Cats

Animals who steal are referred to as kleptomaniacs, or in the case of cats, “cat burglars,” but they most likely just think of themselves as collectors -they find something they like and take it, with no consideration of the ethics involved. Cats are particularly successful collectors, as they have the combination of curiosity, stealth, and [...]

Warning Signs at City Hall Urge Employees and Visitors Not to Drink from the Toilets

Just in case they were thinking of doing otherwise, signs at the new city hall building in Chandler, Arizona warn people that they shouldn’t drink from the toilets and urinals: A few employees have been cracking jokes and speculating about what it would take to make them slurp from potties when water fountains and sinks are [...]

A Restaurant Where Anyone over 350 Pounds Eats for Free

A restaurant in Chandler, Arizona will serve free food to anyone over 350 pounds. It’s called the Heart Attack Grill, and its managers just hired a 600-pound man named Blair River to be a model in their commercials: Blair River stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 600 pounds. His weight and his enthusiasm [...]

7 Historic Hollywood Landmarks

Whether it’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater or that iconic nine letter sign, Hollywood is rife with historical landmarks. Here are seven that had a small part in making Hollywood the movie capital of the world. 1. Knickerbocker Hotel Built in 1925, the Knickerbocker is one of the oldest hotels in Hollywood, and has a storied history unlike any [...]