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Senator claims angels visited him in hospital

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk had an otherworldly experience while recovering from a massive stroke. Kirk had been taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospita…

New Year, New Oddball Laws

New year, new laws. When the ball dropped on midnight, January 1st, we not only rang in the new year, but also a slew of oddball laws from around the country. Good Morning America has [...]

Drunk People Have Higher Chance of Survival in Accidents

You’ve heard how drunken people survive horrific accidents that should’ve killed them. But it’s not just folk belief – scientists revealed that the higher the blood-alcohol level, the higher the chance of survival after [...]

The Missing Links: The Election As A Graphic Novel

Susan B. Anthony Voted 140 Years and 1 Day Ago And after she did so, she was arrested. Go vote. * Second Place Is First Loser How do you get over losing a Presidential election? Walter Moldale, Michael Dukakis and Bob Dole offer their personal experiences on shaking off the defeat. * The 2012 Presidential [...]

Debate Prep: A Brief History of American Political Debates

by Maggie Koerth-Baker Getty Images From the Revolution up to the turn of the 20th century, America preferred that its presidential candidates be seen and not heard. The presidency was regarded as so solemn an office that it was considered indecent and prideful to aspire to. Instead, candidates were to approach nomination as if it were something [...]

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Getty Images Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert [...]

Mars Curiosity Rover’s Gears – Made in the USA

In this video, we learn about the Forest City Gear factory in Rockford, Illinois where all the gears and other moving parts for the Curiosity rover were made. “Anything that moves on the rover, any of the actuators, any of the gears — we cut all the gears that did that,” says Jeff Hallberg. [...]

New World Record Skydive

(YouTube link) The skies over Ottawa, Illinois saw 138 skydivers set a new world record this past weekend as they linked up in a snowflake formation. Months of planning and 15 attempts resulted in the stunt you can see in this video. The previous record for an aerial formation like this was 108 skydivers. These daredevils, [...]

4 Times Olympians Refused Their Medals

Getty Images South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam provided one of the indelible images of the 2012 London Olympics when she staged an hour-long, tearful protest after losing to Germany’s Britta Heidemann in an individual epee semifinal match. Shin’s coach claimed Heidemann’s winning hit came after the final second on the clock, which was being controlled by [...]

24 Vintage Photographs of Abe Lincoln Being Awesome

Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary John Nicolay believed that no photograph could capture Honest Abe’s essence: “There are many pictures of Lincoln,” he said, “[but] there is no portrait of him.” Over 130 photographs of Lincoln exist—here are a few you may not have crossed before. This daguerreotype, taken around 1846, is the earliest known photo [...]