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10 Uninhabited Islands and Why Nobody Lives on Them

The internet has embraced the story of Brendon Grimshaw over the past couple of weeks. Grimshaw did what so many dream of doing: he bought an island. He purchased Moyenne Island in the Indian Ocean in 1964 for $20,000, quit his job in 1973 to move there, and spent the past 40 years developing it [...]

The Fearless Wonders

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. How Mohawk “skywalkers” came to build New York’s skyscrapers. THE FEARLESS WONDERS St. Lawrence Bridge 1886 In 1886 the Dominion Bridge Company (DBC) of Canada was hired to build a cantilever railroad bridge across the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The north end of the bridge lay [...]

Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

To celebrate the birthday of one of our finest pop composers, we look behind the scenes of his classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It was spring 1969. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gone. Racial tensions were erupting across the country. The war was raging in Vietnam. What was a sensitive singer-songwriter like Paul Simon [...]

18 Metaphors & Analogies Found in Actual Student Papers (Or Not—But They’re Still Hilarious)

Okay, so we can’t be 100% positive that these are from “actual” student papers. But Bill Gross, founder of Idealab, thinks so and I tend to believe him. Let us know which is the best (worst?) in the comments below! 1. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer [...]

Google Earth Driving Simulator

Even driving down the highway can be a virtual experience! With this Google Earth application, just enter your location and destination, hit “go” to find your route, then go to the simulator panel and hit “start.” You can adjust your speed as you drive along. Now, slow down and enjoy the scenery! Requires the Google [...]

A 1916 Plan to Expand New York City by Filling in Waterways

The Dutch have reclaimed land from the sea. Why can’t New Yorkers do the same thing? That was the plan of Dr T. Kennard Thomson as described in his 1916 article in Popular Science called “A Really Greater New York.” Frank Jacobs of Strange Maps writes: Hence Dr Thomson’s radical, but ultimately indispensible plan: “I propose [...]