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The Temple: a Bar that was Once a Toilet

A below-ground public toilet built in the Victorian era in Manchester, England, could have been abandoned or filled in, as so many others have been. But this one found new life in modern times as a bar! It first opened as “The Temple of Convenience,” harking back to its original purpose. Now called simply The [...]

The Great New England Vampire Panic

Although European vampire panics died out in the 1700s, America had its share of scares in the 1800s, particularly in New England, and particularly during outbreaks of tuberculosis. Some of the dead were dug up and killed a second time, just to make sure. The particulars of the vampire exhumations, though, vary widely. In many cases, [...]

The Late Movies: Usain Bolt Is the Fastest Man Ever

Today, the fastest man ever turns 27 years old. Olympic hero, Usain Bolt was born in Jamaican on this day in 1986. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Basically, he should serve as everyone’s inspiration to get off [...]

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Less than a month to go before the opening of the London Olympics, and we are halfway through the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay that takes the Olympic Flame through all four countries of the United Kingdom. The route covers 8,000 miles and involves 8,000 relay runners. Photograph of the Olympic torch passing through Dunfermline, Scotland, by [...]

Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?

Red and green images via Shutterstock The very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use. The device was pretty crude, and less than a month after it went operational, it exploded and killed the unfortunate traffic cop who was operating [...]

Guess Who Showed Up at the Wedding

When John and Frances Canning scheduled their wedding at Manchester Town Hall, they discovered that the Queen was going to be there for her Diamond Jubilee celebration. So naturally, they sent a lighthearted invite to the Palace. Guess who showed up? Bride Frances, 44, who runs a hairdressing salon, said she was flabbergasted to be greeted [...]

The Fresh Prince of Downton Abbey

(Video Link) Matthew Crawley got in just one little fight in Manchester and his mom shipped him off to live with his stuffy cousins and their English butler. It’s not easy becoming the Fresh Earl of Grantham. -via Loldwell

What’s a Better Predictor of Achievement than Intelligence, Grades, or Personality?

The answer is hope. That’s right: a study led by Psychologist Alex Wood of University of Manchester has revealed that hope trumps general intelligence, personality and even previous academic achievement in predicting success: A 3-year longitudinal study explored whether the two-dimensional [...]

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories

It’s that time of year, when we look to graveyards for tales that scare the Dickens out of us. Ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and even vampires figure in these stories of graveyards from all over. 1. Silver Cliff Cemetery Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado took its name from the nearby mining town of Silver Cliff, which was named [...]

9 Men Rescue Moose Trapped In Pool

George Trapotsis of Manchester, New Hampshire found a bull moose in his backyard pool Friday night. “This train-like noise came through the fence and dove right into the pool,” said Trapotsis. The moose fell right through the pool cover, according to Trapotsis. “He tore the cover, got entangled and just couldn’t move,” Trapotsis said. Trapotsis said his [...]