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The Missing Links: The First Rule of the Anti-Flirt Club Is…

TED + The Onion = Onion Talks This skewering of TED’s TED Talks is hilarious and perfectly executed. * The Five-Second Rule: Debunked But not before countless generations have taken a chance on a recently dropped piece of candy. * Splendid Silhouettes I know three things about Olly Moss: 1. He is an artist 2. He has the coolest [...]

12 Creative Campaign Slogans to Inspire the 2012 Candidates

Christine Lusey runs Retro Campaigns, the internet’s premier source for historical campaign t-shirts and memorabilia. We asked if she could compile some memorable slogans from past elections. She did not disappoint. These days it seems like every campaign slogan is just a series of political buzzwords: Hope! Change! Values! Newt! But it wasn’t always this way. [...]

The James K. Polk Trivia Contest (Winners!)

A while back we announced our James K. Polk Trivia Contest, which was posted in part because of a crack I made about the Polk administration on The Rachael Ray Show. (Note: That’s the weirdest sentence I’ve ever typed.) We opened it up to trivia about all the lesser-known presidents, and hundreds and hundreds of entries [...]

The James K. Polk Trivia Contest!

On Presidents’ Day, my wife and I went on The Rachael Ray Show with our two-year-old daughter Charlotte. (We’d posted a video of her here last month after turning her presidential placemat into a Lunchtime Quiz, and it took on a life of its own.) Charlotte did great, but I inadvertently took a swipe at the [...]

The Quick 10: Pre-Presidential Professions

You already know that Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild before he was President of the United States, and I bet you recall a joke or two about Jimmy Carter being a peanut farmer. Here are a few ways other future presidents paid the bills before they started signing bills. 1. Harry Truman, [...]

History of the U.S.: Matthew Perry Causes Chaos in Japan

Matthew Perry – the Commodore, not the Friend, caused a bit of a ruckus when he visited Japan in 1853. Prior to that, Japan’s seclusion laws kept them pretty much sealed off from the rest of the world. Perry had instructions from President Millard Fillmore, though, and he wasn’t about to be scared off by [...]

Do Fire Stations Ever Catch Fire?

Of course, the answer is of course. Life is just ironic that way. What’s surprising however is how many stations have gone up in smoke, and how often it happens. Just this year, for instance, a firefighter in Japan, in haste, left the stove on while cooking dinner in the firehouse on the way out [...]