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Eight Amazing Garage Sale Finds

I made $8 at my mom’s garage sale last weekend. That wasn’t a typo – I only made eight dollars, which put me in the hole about $79 when you factor in the speeding ticket I got on the way to her house. Suffice it to say, I wish my luck ran more like that [...]

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Conveniently, Evidence from Bigfoot-Hunting Expo

Stop it–if you roll your eyes too hard you won’t be able to read the rest of the post. So the Sanger Paranormal Society had its annual Bigfoot stalk-down and–what are the odds??–the super-elusive Bigfoot they were looking for was kind enough to leave evidence right on a vehicle owned by the society’s founder, Jeff [...]

What the Sun-Maid Raisin Girl Really Looked Like

Have you ever torn open a box of raisins and wondered whether the girl on the packaging was real? (Don’t all raise your hands at once.) Well, she was real. Her name was Lorraine Collett Petersen. From Sun-Maid.com: “In May 1915, she was discovered drying her black hair curls in the sunny backyard of her parents’ home in [...]

Bowling For No Dollars: College Bowl Game Economics

College football fans will get to enjoy the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night, but before Auburn and Oregon take the field a few more bowl games will give us our pigskin fix. There’s one legendary one left (the Cotton Bowl) and three with, er, somewhat less storied histories (the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the BBVA [...]

How 13 More Great American Cities Got Their Names

A few weeks ago we took a look at how 17 great American cities got their names. Since we could never cram every city’s story into a single post, let’s take a look at a second round of city name origins today. 1. Albany New York’s first capital first went by the name Beverwyck when it was [...]