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That’s a Big Bed

NBA player Al Jefferson is 6′9″ and 289 pounds. A regular bed just won’t cut it, and NBA stars can afford to have beds custom-made. So Jefferson got a bed that’s twelve feet long and ten feet wide! This picture is from his friend Mo Williams, who is shown demonstrating how big the bed is. [...]

Teddy Roosevelt’s Historic Losing Streak Is Over

Getty Images After more than 500 losses, Teddy Roosevelt has finally won his first Presidents Race. (Yes, the Rough Rider won the 1904 presidential election, but until today, he had never won the Washington Nationals’ mid-game Presidents Race.) On the final day of baseball’s regular season, Teddy came from behind to beat his fellow Rushmores – George [...]

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 [...]

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

Let’s Play Neatorama Bingo!

We’ve had a lot of fun in the past few days as people have submitted bingo card squares for our latest NeatoShop contest. Congratulations to the winners! kkirkpat offered “Mashup Art” and won the Brainier Than the Average Bear t-shirt. Jefferson submitted “International [Something That Doesn't Need a Day] Day and won the Bloody Heart [...]

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency. Since government-issued coins had first appeared in the world, it was common for the faces of kings, queens and emperors to appear on them. The Founders had just gotten a constitutional republic up and [...]

Great Moments in Presidential Debt

Properly managing one’s finances seems like it should be a prerequisite for running a country. But these U.S. leaders could have used more dead presidents in their wallets. HARRY TRUMAN -THE BUCK STOPPED THERE Prior to becoming president, Harry Truman’s ventures in private business earned him more trouble than profit. He lost several thousand dollars investing in [...]

All Roads Lead to D.C.

Though the saying is “All roads lead to Rome,” if Washington D.C. architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant had his way, all roads would lead to the nation’s capital. L’Enfant wanted a column called “the Washington Meridian” erected a mile east of the U.S. Capitol. This column would mark where “all distances of places through the Continent, are [...]

A Sitting President’s Memorial

This President’s Day article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Presidency. FDR spent his entire presidency hiding the fact that he needed a wheelchair, and he wanted a memorial that would do the same. Future generations disagreed. Four years before his death, Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter that [...]

Fuzzy Math: How College Football’s Champs Were Chosen

The BCS pairings have been announced for this year’s football season, so here’s a question for you college football nuts: what NCAA school claims the most football national championships? Who did you guess? Alabama? The Crimson Tide have only won a paltry 13 titles. Michigan? Notre Dame? USC? They’re all tied with a pedestrian 11 championships. [...]