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Are You Living the Ironic Life?

That’s the question that Princeton professor Christy Wampole asked. She noted that, "if irony is the ethos of our age – and it is – then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living." But [...]

Why Aren’t Insects as Big as Humans?

The short answer is because it would scare the pants off of us. But if you must know the real scientific answer, well, nobody knows actually: The short answer is, researchers don’t know exactly, although there [...]

The Favorite Movies of 42 Famous People

Presidents & Politicians What’s with presidents and High Noon? 1. Barack Obama – The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) When Katie Couric asked then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama what his favorite movie is, he replied, “Oh, I think it would have to be The Godfather. One and Two. Three not so much. That saga — I [...]

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 2

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Many consider this George Harrison’s best song, at least of those he wrote as a Beatle. In the late ‘60s, Harrison was deeply into the I Ching and the concept of Relativism, which states that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to [...]

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. [...]

They Could’ve Been Beatles

In June of 1956, a 15-year-old named John Lennon started the band that was to eventually develop into “The Beatles.” In August of 1962, Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey officially joined the soon-to-be-famous rock group, joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison as the final official line-up of The Beatles. But in those intervening 7 [...]

Battle of the Babies: a White House Brawl

In this corner: Baby Ruth Cleveland. If you’re much of a presidential history buff (or into candy trivia), you’ve heard of Baby Ruth, who likely wasn’t the source of inspiration behind the candy bar of the same name. Because she was born between her dad Grover’s two terms in office, she’s one of the most [...]

The First Beatles Record

Most any musical history book will tell you that the first Beatles record was “Love Me Do.” Sure, “Love Me Do,” released October 5, 1962. It went to #17 on the British charts. Ringo Starr had the great indignity of having to play a lousy tambourine on a few takes instead of his customary drums, and a [...]

The Quick 9: 9 Victims of the Curse of Tippecanoe

It was 30 years ago today that Ronald Reagan was nearly killed in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. The more superstitious among us chalk that up to the Curse of Tippecanoe, a gift to William Henry Harrison from Chief Tecumseh’s brother after the Battle of Tippecanoe. The curse apparently damned Harrison and every [...]