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If Google gets enough people to sign up, they may offer a fiber-optic network that will compete with your local cable provider. With lower prices. The Google Fiber initiative is starting out in Kansas City. Essentially, you have to pay a hookup fee of $300, but this can be mitigated the same way cell service is [...]

This is the Best-Selling Greeting Card of All-Time

Since 1916, Hallmark has churned out billions of greeting cards, but no single card has had the staying power of the legendary Pansy Card—the king of the racks. Somehow the notoriously bland card was a rock star from the get-go. Back when it debuted for Mother’s Day in 1939, kids plunked down a hard-earned nickel for [...]

5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids. Here are a few apocalyptic scenarios from recent popular culture, how they might happen, and how likely they are to occur. 1. Subterranean Apocalypse Some existential threats are waiting quietly beneath the surface [...]

12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

A Brief History of the Super Bowl Broadcast

© Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI/Corbis Sunday will mark the 17th time that NBC has broadcast the Super Bowl, tying it with CBS for the most in NFL history. Here’s a brief history of the Super Bowl on TV. The AFL-NFL World Championship Game Simulcast In 1967, NBC and CBS simulcast the first Super Bowl between the Kansas City [...]

14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

6 Small Math Errors That Caused Huge Disasters

If you ever wondered why it is so important to be exact in math, particularly in engineering math, then take a look at cases in which a math error resulted in deaths. Remember the Hyatt Regency disaster in Kansas City some 30 years ago? When designing their newest hotel to be built in downtown Kansas City, [...]

The Wonderful Story of Louis Armstrong’s First Christmas Tree

One of the facts that we hear repeated with some frequency is that trumpeter Louis Armstrong got his first Christmas tree at age 40, and he loved it so much that he took it on tour with him for a month. While it’s a great bit of trivia, I was curious enough to double-check it. [...]

The Late Movies: and the Bride on Drums

When you plan and prepare your wedding, get yourself a pair of drumsticks and make sure your dress will fit behind a trap set. It’s more and more common for the blushing bride to sit in and provide the beat for the reception. Suzanne Morrissette Suzanne Morrisette performed at her own wedding reception in 2010. Her new [...]

Keep on Truckin’: 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991. And finally in 1997. Long before quarterback Brett Favre made retirement an annual and reversible rite, Leonard demonstrated that on the subject of possibly hanging it up for good and starting a new career he [...]