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6 Summer Camps for Exceedingly Wealthy Children

For many, summer camp means a week sleeping in a cabin that doubles as a sweat lodge, spider-infested communal showers, and swimming in a scummy pond. But if you have lots and lots of money, you have options. 1. ActionQuest Typically about $5,170 for 5 weeks (plus airfare and other expenses), but the transatlantic voyage is $6,570 [...]

10 of Ben Franklin’s Lesser-Known Feats of Awesomeness

Franklin statue image via Shutterstock We all know about Benjamin Franklin’s kite-flyin’, library-establishin’, Declaration-signin’, newspaper-printin’, lady-killin’ ways but, in honor of the Ben’s 306th birthday, let’s celebrate some of his lesser-known but very cool contributions to society. 1. Ben swam with the fishes. As a youngster, Ben learned to swim in Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River and became [...]

The Quick 10: The Unbelievable Early Jobs of 10 Successful People

As the saying goes, “Everybody’s gotta start somewhere,” but during these trying times, many people are simply looking to start. It’s comforting, then, to hear about the unusual first jobs of people who went on to bigger and better and more lucrative things. 1. Michael Dell The founder and CEO of Dell Computers began working at the [...]

A Brief History of Garden Gnomes

Note: This article was originally published in May 2009. We’re currently switching to a new hosting provider, and it’s a messy process. So while we wait for the “OK, you can start posting again” note from the server migration people, we’ll be putting up a few stories you may have missed the first time around. At [...]

Slot Car Addiction: The Joys of Model Racing

“QUANTUM SHOT” #683Link – article by M. Christian and Avi Abrams “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” –Mario Andretti While the present generation has thoroughly moved into the digital age, for millions of people before them slot cars were a cherished feature of childhood; and, for a few wonderfully eccentric hobbyists, they [...]

Miracle on 22nd Street

Jim and Dylan live in the Chelsea area of New York City -nowhere near the North Pole. They don’t know how so many children got their home address, but for years they’ve received letters to Santa Claus at their apartment. The number of letters has grown into the hundreds this year. Many of them are [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Places to Stay if You’re Looking for a Scare

Looking for a last-minute Halloween getaway? Then this is the Q10 for you. I’m all talk when it comes to sharing a room overnight with visitors who have long since left the here-and-now – I have a feeling that I would stop just short of booking a room at any of these 10 places. How [...]