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American, Underneath it All

During the buildup to the Gulf War, I sent radio station t-shirts and hats to U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia, and they were kind enough to send back pictures of themselves wearing them. I should have sent underwear! This picture has been passed around with no information, but I believe that the guy in the [...]

25 Fun Size Facts About Classic Halloween Candy

Yesterday we took an impromptu field trip to a magical place called Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. The place was packed with people, candy, and nostalgia. (In addition to the goodies below, I bought three packs of 1987 Topps baseball cards.) Here are some fun facts about candy you’ve likely handled on past [...]

The Time 18th-Century French Aristocrats Fled to Rural Pennsylvania

In 1793, the French Revolution was in full swing. Royal sympathizers—nobles, military officers, clergy, and other aristocrats—were guaranteed a sharp kiss from the guillotine. Frightened, thousands of aristocrats fled to neighboring countries like Austria and Prussia. A small handful of Nobles, however, escaped to a place so obscure that they were able to start their [...]

Bill Murray’s Sally League Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech

(YouTube Link) Bill Murray was recently inducted into baseball’s South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, and his speech confirms that the League clearly chose the best man for the award. Bill’s speech is heartwarming, funny and reveals the deep love he’s had since childhood for America’s national pastime, and how he came to be co-owner of the [...]

The Missing Links: Rules for Running With the Bulls

The Running Bulls Rules The first rule of running with bulls is probably, ummmm, don’t. Second rule is that if you’re going to do it anyway, be really prepared. This video will help get you there. * Fancy Dining Tip: Don’t Insult the Chef By Calling His Food “Whale Puke” When It’s Clearly “Whale Feces” Eat up everyone, there’s [...]

The Time Groucho Marx Did the Charleston on Hitler’s Grave

© Bettmann/CORBIS Groucho Marx is unmatched in wit and humor. But one of his most poignant moments wasn’t remotely funny, nor was it caught on camera like so many of his one-liners and zingers. During the summer of 1958, Groucho and his You Bet Your Life director and close friend Robert Dwan toured Europe for six [...]

6 Illicit Lemonade Stands Towns Had to Shut Down

Lemonade stand image via Shutterstock For generations, entrepreneurial kids have set up card tables in front yards to sell ice cold drinks to passers-by. But sometimes the law catches up with these renegade youngsters. 1. 1983 – Belleair, Florida Like a lot of kids, six-year old Ali Thorn wanted to make some money. She didn’t have dreams [...]

The Quick 10: 10 McRib Facts

The McRib is back! Here are ten fun facts about America’s favorite limited-time fast food sandwich. 1. There’s more to a McRib than barbecue sauce-slathered pork on a bun with onions and pickles. The sandwich contains a staggering 70 different ingredients, the least innocuous of which are “pig bits like tripe, heart, and scalded stomach.” [...]

The Best and Worst Minor League Stadium Promotions

The Peoria Chiefs, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, joined the list of LeBron James’ bashers when it staged a “LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway” after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat for the NBA title. There was no ring, of course. The Chiefs claimed to explore the possibility of skipping the [...]