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5 Remarkable Things Discovered Under Parking Lots

There’s more to the common parking lot than broken beer bottles and fender benders from that guy who was texting. Oceans of asphalt, it seems, are hiding an astonishing trove of archeological treasures. 1. The King of England DARREN STAPLES/Reuters/Landov In 1485, King Richard III of England was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last major [...]

The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it’s time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals Bahrain Getty Images Bahrain thought [...]

8 Candidates for the Next New Nation

On Saturday, South Sudan declared its independence, becoming the brand-spanking newest nation in the world. While peace and prosperity is still a good way off for this newborn, Texas-sized country—ethnic tensions are high, the economy is in shambles, and a half-dozen rebel groups have already vowed to take down the new government—the South Sudanese people [...]

6 Revolutionary Groups That Robbed Their Country’s Banks

© ALI HAIDER/epa/Corbis Back in May, The Washington Post reported that Libyan rebels had obtained funds by “liberating” government assets worth $505 million in the Central Bank of Libya’s Benghazi branch. Ali Tarhouni (pictured), the rebels’ minister of finance, explained the move to foreign journalists: “Let me put this way: We robbed our own bank.” Locksmiths [...]

William Swallow’s Excellent Adventure

Back when Australia was a penal colony, Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, was the place that Britain sent criminals who were really bad… or really clever. On August 16th, 1829, one William Swallow — a former sailor who used a long list of aliases — led a group of convicts who talked their way out of manacles [...]

Top 10 Funniest Holiday Complaints Are Revealed | Cheap Holidays Packages

Funniest Holiday Complaints Are Revealed | Cheap Holidays Packages The sand’s too hot and the women look too good in bikinis are just two of the odd complaints made by holiday-makers it’s been revealed. Customer services at an online travel agency have taken a look at some of more bizarre complaints they received in 2010 and produced [...]

The Eccentric Brilliance of Stan Mott

“QUANTUM SHOT” #602Link – by A. Abrams Mind-bending images and ideas from a fabulous cartoonist and a superb illustrator If you ever wondered what a steam locomotive racing might look like, or fantasized about driving the biggest baddest vehicle across the desert with its own supply of sharks and waterplanes, look no further – the eccentric imagination [...]