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Man sets record for wearing the most pants

Gary ‘Geordie Pantsman’ Craig has beaten the world record by putting on 302 pairs of underpants. The 53-year-old had initially set a world record of 2…

The Internet Reacts to Obamacare

How did the internet react to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare? With memes and image macros, of course! The above image put together by by Gary He is a reference to CNN’s erroneous report that Obamacare had been struck down, which they corrected about 15 minutes later. See a gallery of the best reaction [...]

Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?

LOUIS LANZANO/Landov The short answer: no. The long answer: Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function. In ancient times, when it was common for European towns to be ringed by walls, visiting dignitaries were presented with a key to the city gate as a gesture of trust [...]

The Origin of International Workers’ Day

May first is often called May Day for various reasons, but it is also International Workers’ Day. The date chosen is in commemoration of the Chicago Haymarket Massacre, an incident which began with a labor demonstration on May 1, 1886 in which 35,000 workers walked off their jobs to demand an eight-hour workday. Escalating tensions [...]

11 Incredible Edible Daleks

A dalek is a science fiction character found in the British TV series Doctor Who. They are evil alien mutants who travel inside cyborg shells and try to exterminate other beings. They are also funny-looking, and have inspired many cooks to recreate their appearance in tasty treats! 1. Dalek Oreo Cake Bites Navaboo made daleks from Oreo [...]

How the People of Green Bay Came to Own the Packers

© Mark Cowan/Icon SMI/Corbis At some point during each NFL season (or protracted NFL lockout), fans are bound to hear an announcer mention that the Green Bay Packers are “owned by the people of Green Bay.” Really? Let’s take a look. Are the Packers really publicly owned, or is that just a myth? It’s no myth. The [...]

1948 Timbs Special

Photo: Peter Harholdt for Amelia Island Concours, Gary & Diane Cerveny Collection I don’t usually ooh-and-aah over cars, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this 1948 Timbs Special by Norman E. Timbs (and restored by Dave Crouse for the 2010 Concours d’Elegance). Detroit, why don’t you make cars like this? Link | More images at [...]

At the Libraries: Are Novelists Ignoring the Internet?

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! This made the Internet rounds last week — a lost book illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh! (I don’t have to explain who she is, right?) Check out [...]

A Very Literal Spin on New Yorker Cartoons

As a bona fide comedy nerd I like to occasionally read The New Yorker to peruse the humorous bits and pieces it offers. While I generally enjoy it, I have to admit that the humor of their cartoons sometimes goes over my head, or right around me, or misses me in some other way. Maybe [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things You Need to Know About Norm

You know, Norm Peterson, as in, “NORM!” from that bar where everybody knows your name. George Wendt’s birthday is this weekend, so what better way to celebrate than with a few facts about everyone’s favorite barfly from Cheers? 1. Norm’s full name is Hillary Norman Peterson, which his wife Vera let slip to Rebecca once. Norm [...]