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Can You Really Go Blind Staring at a Solar Eclipse?

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Eclipse mania is gripping the western part of the U.S. Should the wide-eyed and unprotected hazard a peek? NASA doesn’t advise it. The truth is, a quick glance at a solar eclipse won’t leave you blind. But you’re not doing your peepers any favors. As NASA explains, even when 99 percent of the [...]

Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

Hitler’s Nephew, Stalin’s Daughter and Other Famous Defectors

Here are four defectors whose stories you won’t soon forget. 1. Hitler’s Nephew © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS William Patrick Hitler was born in England to a German father, Alois Hitler, and an Irish mother, Bridget Dowling. When William was still a boy, his father moved back to Germany, but his mother refused to go, raising her son alone [...]