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How a Punctuation Mark Gave Us Uncle Tom’s Cabin

If you Google “Semi-Colon Club” right now, you’re going to get a lot of stuff about colon cancer awareness. But back in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s heyday, the Semi-Colon Club was a gathering of extraordinary writers living in Cincinnati, Ohio.   In 1832, at the age of 21, Harriet moved to Cincinnati with her father when he accepted [...]

Insert Your Own "Butt" Joke Here

A billboard campaign aimed at promoting colon cancer awareness has been kicked to the curb in Washington state. The ads, which feature the slogan “What’s up your butt?”, were initially approved unanimously by the Tri-City health board in April. After residents complained that the ads were “in poor taste,” (though the images were revealed before [...]