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5 Remarkable Things Discovered Under Parking Lots

There’s more to the common parking lot than broken beer bottles and fender benders from that guy who was texting. Oceans of asphalt, it seems, are hiding an astonishing trove of archeological treasures. 1. The King of England DARREN STAPLES/Reuters/Landov In 1485, King Richard III of England was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last major [...]

Why Should You Get On the Internet?

(YouTube link) This seems like a pretty low-key promotion for students, until you realize it was produced 17 years ago! From the YouTube page: This Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced in 1995 by the 5th grade students at Ray Bjork school in Helena Montana. The production equipment was made available by the Myrna Loy Center. Cindy [...]

15 Wonderfully Geeky Sand Sculptures

The Fourth of July is a great day to head to the beach, even if it is a bit overcrowded. For those of us who can’t hit the surf, here’s the next best thing: geeky sand sculptures! Alien vs. Bender would certainly be way more awesome than Alien vs. Predator was. This delightful creation by artist [...]

At the Libraries: Helena Bonham Carter as a Librarian

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! If you like weird, our April Blog of the Month is for you: Forgotten Bookmarks is a collection of, well, bookmarks that have been forgotten, then [...]

Flip a Coin

(YouTube link) Belly dancer Helena Vlahos has a unique talent for turning coins over with her abdominal muscles. And dollar bills, too! Kind of makes you want to start doing your crunches, doesn’t it? Well, no, me neither. -via Metafilter

From the Dictionary to a Book Called “Horse”: The Surprising Complaints Against 6 Books

This week (September 24 through October 1, 2011) is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, an “annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.” We’ve all heard about books like Lolita and The Awakening being banned, especially from schools, for overly sexual content; other books are banned—or at [...]

4 Famous Sets of Sisters Who Changed History

Earlier this month was National Sisters Day, which got me thinking about famous sibling duos. I thought it would be fun to share a list of the most famous of these sister pairings, but to be fair, there are so many famous pairs of sisters out there that it would be impossible to list them [...]

Five for Fighting

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces.. In 1942 five brothers made a sacrifice that showed just how much a family could give to the war effort. PATRIOTIC FERVOR January 3, 1942: After ringing in the New Year, the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy. [...]

The Most Famous Unfinished Works of Art

An unfinished work is a creative work that has not been finished. Its creator might have chosen never to finish it, or might have been prevented by circumstances outside of their control (including death). The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. The novel was left unfinished at the time of Dickens’ [...]

Newly Discovered Species Eat Only Dead Whales

Meet the Ophryotrocha craigsmithi, a newly discovered species of bristleworm that eats only dead whale bones. But there’s a plus side to eating a carcass of an animal that large: a single whale can provide food for 20 years, to be eaten by generations of worms! Once flesh-eaters like hagfish and sharks have picked clean a [...]