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The Late Movies: Riding the Mechanical Bull

Here’s a confession: I once rode a mechanical bull at a state fair while I was in college. I don’t recall why exactly I did this—I am truly not the type to hop on a bucking animal-themed machine in front of a group of strangers—but I distinctly remember how hard it was to hang on. [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Beauty Pageant Contestants

Whether it’s becoming Wonder Woman or, you know, Oprah, many beauty queens have parlayed their time on the pageant circuit into bigger things. 1. Oprah. Her first stop on the road to world domination? Winning Miss Black Tennessee in 1972. 2. Cloris Leachman. The Des Moines native (had to throw that in there, you know) participated in [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Kissinger

© Bettmann/CORBIS You probably know Henry Kissinger as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the German-born political scientist and diplomat (pictured above with Pele in the Giants Stadium locker room before a New York Cosmos game [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson “Not the Boss of the Solar System,” Says News Industry

I’ll be writing about The Pluto Files, a NOVA program coming in March, over the next couple of weeks. But I thought I’d point you to this breaking news — in the video below, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Brian Williams, and Diane Sawyer have a thing or two to say about Neil deGrasse Tyson demoting [...]