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Why Does New Hampshire Get to Hold the First Primary?

© Rick Friedman/Corbis Because the state wants it that way! New Hampshire’s primaries have informally been the earliest since 1920, but over the years, the state has passed laws to ensure that its primaries will remain the first in the nation. In fact, New Hampshire’s officials are bound by state law to hold the primary “on the [...]

What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds When a Candidate Drops Out?

Image credit: REUTERS/ADAM HUNGER/LANDOV After a disappointing performance in the Iowa Caucus, Rick Perry is reassessing his campaign. Some members of her own party are urging Michele Bachmann to call it quits. If they do drop out and they’re not out of cash, what happens to that money? One thing’s for sure — disappointed candidates can’t console [...]

Ape Can Start Fire to Cook a Meal

Kanzi, the bonobo that surprised researchers with its linguistic skills (he had learned lexigrams naturally, simply by watching its mother), added a new skillset that will be handy when the apes rise up to [...]

Weather Monsters

A weather map from yesterday shows Godzilla eating Iowa while Mothra (or is it Rodan?) zooms in from the Pacific Northwest. We are all doomed! Link

Man builds sculpture after Bigfoot encounter

Clifford LaBrecque had an 8ft fibreglass reconstruction made of the creature he came across in Iowa. The 73-year-old recounts sightings of a Bigfoot i…

8 Accidental Charitable Donations

You know how you hold on to some stupid kitchen item for like eight years, then decide that you’ve used it once and donate it to Goodwill? Then the next week, you find yourself in critical need of that garlic press for the first time since the Clinton administration? Now imagine that garlic press was [...]

9 Things Everyone Should Know About North Dakota

Everyone gives North Dakota a hard time. Well, some people in Montana and South Dakota do. People in states farther away can’t name a single thing about it. But we should all give this place more respect. It might be cold, it might have long and tedious roads, and it might not even be a [...]

The Field of Dreams and Five Other Movie Pilgrimages You Can Make

Whenever I’m traveling and people find out where I’m from, 90 percent of the time, the reaction is, “Iowa! Have you been to the Field of Dreams?” I’m a little embarrassed to say the answer is no, I’ve never set foot in Dyersville. But thanks to the purchase that was made earlier this week, I [...]

Field of Dreams Sold

If they build it, will they come? Mike and Denise Stillman are betting on it: the couple, longtime fans of the movie "Field of Dreams," have just bought the Iowa farm where movie was [...]