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7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1900s. While Downton might be the only abbey about which people in the [...]

10 Town Names That Will Make You Hungry

Earlier this year, Ranker.com assembled a list of food-centric town names. It made us hungry. Here’s how some of those places got those delicious monikers. 1. Hot Coffee, MS Image credit: Flickr user jimmywayne In the early 1800s, travelers on their way to Mobile often stopped at an inn in southern Mississippi, where owner Levi Davis greeted them [...]

New Zealand’s Deadliest Earthquake: Napier, 1931

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, who were hit yesterday by a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Scores have died, hundreds more are injured, major portions of the city have been damaged by the quake and its numerous aftershocks, and scenes of the disaster are popping up across the web. The [...]