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An Unusual But Not Too Cruel Punishment

Have you ever been stuck behind a school bus, kids unloading, and gotten a little bit annoyed because you are in a hurry? You probably have. Did you get a creeping temptation to drive around the pedestrian children, avoiding them by driving onto the sidewalk? Didn’t think so. Shena Hardin got that feeling early and often. [...]

Walk This Way: The History of the Moving Sidewalk

Authors like H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein have long envisioned a future where the automobile gives way to massive, high-speed moving walkways. Some of them merely zoom commuters around cities, while others, like Heinlein’s “mechanized roads,” could take people from Cleveland all the way to Cincinnati. The moving sidewalk is familiar to travelers in [...]

The Missing Links: How Are Bald Men Still Living?

“If You Do Anything Stupid You Shall Re Sieve A Gun Short” Twitter user @SamelaAnderson posted this picture, billing it as “LITERALLY THE GREATEST SPAM EMAIL I WILL EVER GET IN MY LIFE”. And I have to admit, it’s fantastically hapless. * Survival of the Hairless Bald men probably have no reason to believe they should perhaps be extinct, [...]

12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

On This Date in 1974, Cleveland’s “Ten Cent Beer Night” Went Horribly Wrong

Image via Homage.com To bring fans to see the miserable Cleveland Indians play the Texas Rangers on June 4, 1974, management decided to sell 10-ounce cups of beer for only 10 cents. More than 25,000 fans showed up for the event, but management forgot one small detail: drunk people get restless. Among the more tame incidents was [...]

On This Date in 1886, Grover Cleveland Married 21-Year-Old Frances Folsom in the White House

© CORBIS The only president to serve two non-consecutive terms was also the only president married in a White House ceremony. Grover Cleveland was 49 and a little more than a year into his first term when he married 21-year-old Frances Folsom. The wedding was a simple affair, attended by close friends, family, and cabinet members [...]

30 Famous People With Law Degrees

Law degree image via Shutterstock Second-guessing your career choice? You’re not alone. Even people who put themselves through many extra years of schooling sometimes end up changing their minds. That’s the case with many of these people, who ditched their law degrees in favor of other pursuits — quite successful ones at that. Authors 1. Washington Irving. The [...]

What Did Grover Cleveland Do Between Terms?

Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was first elected in 1884, coming off a successful stint as Governor of New York. Then in 1888, thanks to a shady election and controversy over tariffs, Cleveland lost reelection to Benjamin Harrison. By all accounts, Cleveland really thought he was done [...]

11 Problems Music Can Solve

REUTERS/PETR JOSEK/LANDOV Music is a splendid thing. It can cheer you up when you’re sad, make you dance like a fool, and allow you to drown out the world when you need to. But music has its scientific uses, too. The new documentary Alive Inside details how dementia patients react positively when given iPods filled with [...]

11 Obscure Regional Phrases We All Should Start Using

REUTERS /KEVIN LAMARQUE /LANDOV Now that you’ve added those 19 distinctly American words to your vocabulary, here are 11 more phrases from different linguistic regions around the country—courtesy of the wonderful Dictionary of American Regional English, edited by Joan Hall, which released its fifth volume this spring. Keep in mind that these phrases are representative not [...]