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New Year, New Oddball Laws

New year, new laws. When the ball dropped on midnight, January 1st, we not only rang in the new year, but also a slew of oddball laws from around the country. Good Morning America has [...]

10 Famous Literary Characters Based on Real People

“Write what you know,” they say. So it makes sense that many authors take a good look around at friends and family when creating characters for their books. 1. Mark Twain once admitted that he wasn’t terribly creative in creating Huckleberry Finn – he based the character almost precisely on his childhood friend Tom Blankenship. From [...]

The Quick 10: Boston Marathon Facts

I’m out again next week, and once again, the lovely Adrienne Crezo will be keeping you entertained and educated. I know – it’s awfully close to my last vacation, but it’s actually just a trip postponed from last year. My sister-in-law ran her first Boston Marathon in 2010, you see, but I was too pregnant [...]

Dietribes: Blueberries

• Blue foods are a rare occurrence in nature, as it often suggests that the food is toxic or rotten. But not so for blueberries! One of the only truly blue foods, it’s distinctive coloring comes from anthocyanin, a water soluble pigment. • It’s unusual when our favorite foods featured on Dietribes are native to North America, but [...]

Ben Franklin’s 200+ Synonyms for “Drunk”

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled “Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?” The quiz referred to Franklin’s lengthy list of expressions meaning “inebriated” that he first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. People must be tired of using the same old terms when describing their wasted friends, because we’ve received [...]

9 Famous College Dropouts

Conventional wisdom tells us that a college degree will get you much further than only a high school diploma. But what about those who choose to cut out while pursuing their higher educations and go it alone, free from the constraints of academia? Do they ever prosper? Here are eight individuals who succeeded, and how. 1. Steven [...]