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10 Public Figures Who Choose Not to Vote

We’re not telling you not to vote. We’re just saying that these 10 people won’t be (or didn’t). 1. Nate Silver When “Poblano” began publishing his 2008 presidential election predictions and analyses on Daily Kos in 2007, people paid attention. Then “Poblano” moved to his own blog, FiveThirtyEight.com, where he later revealed he was really Nate Silver, [...]

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

“Bladorthin the Grey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Gandalf the Grey,” does it? Good thing J.R.R. Tolkien decided to do some name swapping. Turns out he’s in good company: here’s the story of Gandalf and other famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication. 1. The only Pevensie child [...]

Bandwiches

If bands were sandwiches, they would have some interesting ingredients. AC/DC: Beer-battered kangaroo sausage, sliced hard-boiled egg, low-calorie port cheese, Dutch crunch. The Pogues: Gin-fed lamb, whiskey-marinated turkey, beer-braised pork shoulder, mustard, soda bread. Van Halen: Grilled 17-cheese sandwich on white bread; side of nacho cheese soup. Ted Nugent: Cubed Grizzly bear, white buffalo brisket, unicorn haunch, Jim Beam [...]

The Ten Biggest Alpha Males in TV History

Unreality magazine posted a list of ten alpha males on TV, of which I have seen exactly two. I went out of my way to see the show Justified because I was born in Harlan County. And I’ve seen Star Trek, but I have the feeling it was included to ward off commenters, because James [...]

Police to Drug Dealers: Hey, Stop That!

The police watched a drug deal in Newport News, Virginia, and built strong evidence against the drug dealers … then did something unusual: instead of arresting and prosecuring the criminals, the police invited them [...]

More Snowy Owl Sightings in the U.S.

Bird watchers and Harry Potter fans are delighted at the larger than usual number of snowy owl sightings in the lower 48 this year. Snowy Owls are native to the Arctic, but fly south every few years to let us admire them. This winter, they’ve been seen as far south as Hawaii! “A lot of people [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Orson Welles

You know Orson Welles was one of the most revered actors and directors of the 20th century, but how much do you know about his sketchy big break or his deft efforts to make rabbits disappear? Let’s take a look at five surprising things about Welles. 1. He Knew How to Fib Welles got his first [...]

Frog Legs Twitch When Dashed with Salt

(Video Link) YouTube user thearchipelago went frog gigging and brought back these three whoppers. When he adds salt to the raw meat, they start twitching wildly. Why does this happen? Marshall Brain of How Stuff Works explains: Because these are fresh frog legs, the cells inside them are all still intact. The biochemical machinery still functions. There [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Amazing Discoveries by Kids

It’s all over the news the past couple of days: some astronomers spend a lifetime looking for a supernova, but a 10-year-old-girl found one on her first try. Here’s Kathryn Gray’s story and the stories of nine other talented (or lucky) kids who have made important discoveries at shockingly young ages. 1. Kathryn Gray was checking [...]

Why Chicago Should Be Called Phoenix

In honor of our upcoming field trip to Chicago, we’re going to be posting some Chicago-centric stories. If you live in that part of the country, we’d love to meet you this weekend! by Christopher Zara This is the heroic tale of skyscrapers rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, and how they inspired change [...]