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Watch the Skull-Cutting Instructional Video Made for a Django Unchained Actor

Quentin Tarantino often takes liberties with history in his films, and his latest, Django Unchained, is no exception. But some aspects of the flick called for a bit of realism: For a scene where Leonardo DiCaptrio’s character, Calvin Candie, saws off the top of a skull, the production turned to the Mütter Museum for help. [...]

The Emancipation Proclamation

Today, January 1, 2013,  is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And some are still arguing over the meaning of that document to this day. It was a momentous act, and President Abraham Lincoln knew it as he signed it. What the proclamation did—and did not do—has been a matter of debate [...]

Louis C.K. as Lincoln

If you are anything like me, then you love Louis C.K. If you are not like me you might still like Louis C.K., but on the rare occasion that you are both not like me and you do not like Louis C.K… well then I have nothing for you at this junction. Louis was on [...]

The United States Of Scary Things

Things are mighty scary in these United States, and the scary varies from state to state. These aren’t made up critters that go bump in the night though, these are real things that everyone should be scared of, like hurricanes and killer bees, zombie Lincoln and cheese heads?! Okay, so some of these things are made up, [...]

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 [...]

The Missing Links: Super Creepy Ventriloquist Dummies

Honest Abe On the Big Screen The trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln is out and it looks great. But a lot of people are mentioning how high Lincoln’s voice sounds, and some are even creating parodies imagining other high-pitched characters as the Pres. Also: Check out this story of how one man’s great, great [...]

11 Historical Geniuses and Their Possible Mental Disorders

Studies have shown that there are much higher instances of mental disorder in political leaders and creative geniuses than in the general population. And while it’s impossible to be completely sure of a correct diagnosis of a historical figure, that hasn’t stopped researchers from making educated guesses. Here’s a speculative look at the mental health [...]

The Missing Links: The Bike Helmet You Can’t See (Until You Need It)

Invisible Bike Helmet = Mind Blown The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. The video starts slow, but wait for the bike helmet reveal. It’s awesome. * We All Get Attacked By A Kangaroo From Time to Time It’s a fact of life. You know that old saying: “Nothing is certain in life [...]

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 [...]