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The Best Table Ever

A farmer in Cambridgeshire, England, discovered a massive 44-foot-long oak log in a peat bog last February. The wood had been perfectly preserved for 5,000 years! Cabinet makers Adamson and Low specialize in processing bog wood, and recognized that this one is special, and made special plans for it. Besides, bog oak is beautiful and historical, [...]

Oompa-Loompas Sought in Assault Case

Police in Norwich, Norfolk, England, are looking for two Oompa-Loompas in connection with an assault on a 28-year-old man, who was left with cuts, bruises, and two black eyes. The man was assaulted as he was leaving a kebab shop. “Police are seeking a group of four people, two of whom were dressed as Oompa-Loompas, who [...]

The Emancipation Proclamation

Today, January 1, 2013,  is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And some are still arguing over the meaning of that document to this day. It was a momentous act, and President Abraham Lincoln knew it as he signed it. What the proclamation did—and did not do—has been a matter of debate [...]

The Eggheaded, Noggin-Filling Story of Eggnog

There’s something deeply polarizing about eggnog. People either love it or hate it and of those that love it, even they are usually at opposing sides when it comes to homemade nog versus the commercial variety. Whether you love it have drank gallons of it this year or hate it and gag at the very [...]

The Temple: a Bar that was Once a Toilet

A below-ground public toilet built in the Victorian era in Manchester, England, could have been abandoned or filled in, as so many others have been. But this one found new life in modern times as a bar! It first opened as “The Temple of Convenience,” harking back to its original purpose. Now called simply The [...]

Crockford’s Club: How a Fishmonger Bankrupted the British Aristocracy

Crockford’s Club in 1828. How about a bit of history today? Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story, and and the tale of Crockford’s Club is a great one: a man who sold fish for a living smelled an opportunity to garner a little bit of the British aristocracy’s surplus wealth. And he knew just how to [...]

007 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Skyfall

Getty Images Skyfall — the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise and the third to star Daniel Craig — hit U.S. theaters today, and critics are awarding it some of the highest marks in the series’ 50-year history. But Skyfall’s four-year production was nearly as convoluted and intriguing as the film that eventually resulted. Here, [...]

Quantum Physics Experiment Shows Light Behaving as a Wave and a Particle Simultaneously

Damn you, quantum physics! Just as we got used to the mind-boggling fact that light can act as either a wave OR as a particle, a new quantum physics experiment has shown that it [...]

The War on Women, Waged in Postcards

It took 80 years of protests and campaigning before women achieved the right to vote in the United States, and it finally happened in 1920. That was less than 100 years ago! Along the way, the anti-suffrage movement used some nasty and ridiculous arguments to deny women the vote, a lot of which is enshrined [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in November

Turkey day may be the main event in the second-to-last month of the year, but there are plenty of unusual holidays to fill your November days with celebration. 1. November 2nd: National Plan Your Epitaph Day Getty Images Whether you’re morbid or just really on top of planning ahead, take the day to decide which of your [...]