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Saving Whooping Cranes While Disguised as One

By the 1940s, the wild whooping crane population in North America had dropped to about 15. Thanks to the work of dedicated conservationists since then, it has risen to about 500. It’s a tough job and the project has demanded innovative thinking, including leading whooping cranes on migratory journeys with whilte ultralight aircraft: A Canadian ultralight [...]

They Could’ve Been Beatles

In June of 1956, a 15-year-old named John Lennon started the band that was to eventually develop into “The Beatles.” In August of 1962, Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey officially joined the soon-to-be-famous rock group, joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison as the final official line-up of The Beatles. But in those intervening 7 [...]

Abraham Lincoln: Amazing Wrestler

This week we’re running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln’s foray into forensic meteorology. If you missed the first installment yesterday, check it out. In the summer of 1831, 22-year-old Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem, a small town along the Sangamon River in Menard County, Illinois. He had come there to [...]

Duff Beer: Yes, It Does Exist!

If you’re in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia or Chile anytime soon, you can pick up a bottle of Duff, Homer Simpson’s lager of choice. Though the product is probably in violation of licensing agreements–or more specifically, being produced without one–it’s a hot seller in South American markets. Fox has never licensed the beverage in the United States. According [...]

The First Beatles Record

Most any musical history book will tell you that the first Beatles record was “Love Me Do.” Sure, “Love Me Do,” released October 5, 1962. It went to #17 on the British charts. Ringo Starr had the great indignity of having to play a lousy tambourine on a few takes instead of his customary drums, and a [...]