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The Historical Gift Guide: 15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents

Do you have a pal who always leaves you scratching your head when it comes to gifts? Perhaps something in our Historical Gift Guide will sound like the perfect present for the person in your life who has everything—everything except a 69-carat diamond, an eagle made of beer can tabs, and fire. 1. For Friends Abroad: [...]

Improv Everywhere: 17th Century Spanish King Offers Autographs in front of His Portrait

(Video Link) For their latest gag, the folks at Improv Everywhere invited King Philip IV of Spain (1605-1665) to stand before his portrait painted by Diego Velázquez. His Majesty offered free autographs to anyone at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City who wanted one. Some people suspected that he was just an actor, [...]