World’s Strangest

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Movies for Labor Day: Working Class Heroes

What better way to celebrate the holiday of the working person than to watch a movie about “the basic labor relations between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie”? There are 23 of them in this list: dramas, biopics, documentaries, and comedies that address labor in an entertaining way -and an educational way for young folks who [...]

Did Technology Help Kill The Union?

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Graph: BoogaLouie/Wikimedia Commons If you’re a political animal, then you’d already know that the victory of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in beating [...]

Sitting on Hercules

The thirteenth – and most difficult – labor of Hercules may just be supportin’ your bottom … Behold Soft Hercules, a stool featuring the bust of Hercules cast from foam rubber by Fashion Architecture Taste: Link [...]

The Grand Wizards of Elementary School

How the KKK helped get children out of the factories and into the classroom. Members of the Ku Klux Klan liked to think of themselves as white knights. And when it came to compulsory education for schoolchildren, believe  it or not, they actually were. To understand how this bizarre heroism came to pass, you have to [...]

Woman Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam, Finishes Test

Many women who are nine months pregnant wouldn’t consider taking the Bar Exam in their condition. Of those who would, practically no one would actually keep taking the exam once they went into labor. But that’s apparently what one Northwestern Law student did. Before the start of the afternoon session on day two (Wednesday) of the [...]

Woman Takes Bar Exam While in Labor, Delivers Baby Right After

The bar exam was inconveniently scheduled, but a Northwestern Law alumna sucked it up to ensure that she was admitted to the Illinois bar. She was in active labor during the exam and gave birth two hours after completing it: Before the start of the afternoon session on day two (Wednesday) of the Illinois bar exam, [...]

A Guide to Soviet Russia’s Torture Centers

The Soviet Union had a terrifying system for handling both criminals and political dissidents we know by one word: Gulag. From 1930 until 1960, Russian authorities ran a tightly-controlled network of forced labor camps, known as Gulags. Gulag was actually a Russian acronym for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies, and these camps were [...]

A Medieval Castle in Cowboy Country

Bishop’s Castle is Jim Bishop’s 160-foot high labor of love. His family lives in the castle he built in the San Isabel National Forest, near Pueblo, Colorado, but it is open to visitors in case you are in the area. The castle has wrought iron bridges and stairs, stained glass, turrets, and even a dragon’s [...]

America’s Deadliest Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries, fewer people died on the job in 2008 than the previous two years. Still, some jobs are much more dangerous than others. Using statistics from 2008, here are the five deadliest careers. 1. Fishers 2. Loggers 3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 4. Structural Iron and [...]

The United Steaks of America

What better for a Labor Day cookout than a steak in the shapes of the USA? Philadelphia artist Dominic Episcopo took photographs of states that look good enough to grill. Link -via the Presurfer