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Smart Highway in the Netherlands

We’ve got smart cars but how about smart roads? Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with infrastructure management group Heijmans to create a special glow-in-the-dark paint that will not only illuminate the road but [...]

Superman Quits Newspaper Job to Become a Blogger

DC Comics is planning major changes for the life of Superman/Clark Kent. For example, he’s going to quit writing for the Daily Planet and engage in independent journalism. Comic book writer Scott Lobdell explains: “Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in [...]

America: Land of the Anxious and Home of the Stressed

You’d be excused if you’re feeling a bit anxious given today’s economic outlook, but worrying has become a popular pastime for many Americans, even in good times. Taylor Clark, the author of Nerve: [...]

7 Stories of People Who Refused to be Limited (in 2012)

Is it just me, or are there more and more global news stories about disabled people accomplishing feats that would be quite newsworthy for able-bodied people? I believe it is happening more and more, as modern attitudes about those who’ve had physical setbacks change to reflect reality. People termed “disabled” have always had the will [...]

Cheat Sheet: 17 Essential Talking Points on the Kentucky Derby

In advance of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, here’s our three-minute guide to the most exciting two minutes in sports. © Steve Boyle/Corbis 1. The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875. It was the brainchild of Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., who wanted to create an American answer to England’s Epsom Derby. * 2. Clark’s name wasn’t just a fanciful tribute; [...]

RIP Dick Clark

Dick Clark, the man who introduced rock ‘n’ roll to America, died this morning of a heart attack. Clark was best known as the host of the show American Bandstand, on which he appeared for 31 years. Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and [...]

Is Mexico An Inherently Racist Society?

In 1940, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark performed the groundbreaking "doll experiments" study on children’s attitudes on race using white and black dolls (the study was repeated in 2005 and documented by Kiri [...]

10 Interesting Numbers in American Culture (Plus or Minus a Few)

From the number that defeated the Nazis to the one that put a smile on the faces of drunken sailors, here are 10 digits with real value. 1. Nine-tenths of a cent: The fraction that makes us pump more gas Every time we fill up our tanks, we wrestle with one of life’s thorniest mysteries: Why [...]

4 Wildly Successful Companies Started by Stay-at-Home Moms

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this week seemed like a great time to give a tip of our caps to stay-at-home moms, including these four who used clever ideas to become business moguls. 1. The Baby Food Revolution Of course only a mother could found such a successful baby food company. In the late [...]

Poor Doggy

(YouTube link) It’s just cruel to tease a dog like this. I’m glad Clark doesn’t really understand English that well. -via reddit