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12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

Man and His Best Friend in Lake Superior

Photo: Hannah Stonehouse/Stonehouse Photography Photographer Hannah Stonehouse took this marvelous photo of her friend John Unger swimming with his dog Schoep, who at 19 years old, now [...]

8 Wild and Wonderful Stone Giants Around the World

A few years ago, I wrote about some interesting rock formations in the post Nature’s Stone Giants. Then there was a followup: Rocks that Rock: 8 Stone Giant Sites. As usual, commenters had more suggestions for wonderful rock formations worth checking out. From a long list of rocks, here are eight that lie outside the [...]

The Fearless Wonders

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. How Mohawk “skywalkers” came to build New York’s skyscrapers. THE FEARLESS WONDERS St. Lawrence Bridge 1886 In 1886 the Dominion Bridge Company (DBC) of Canada was hired to build a cantilever railroad bridge across the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The north end of the bridge lay [...]