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Census Dotmap

Brandon Martin-Anderson created a map of the United States made only of dots. There are 308,450,225 dots, one for every person counted in the 2010 US Census! The map is zoomable at the site, in case you want to zoom in and see your dot. Good luck, as there are no state or city boundaries, [...]

Stand Your Ground

We all have heard the terrible story of what happened between the young teen Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. How, initially, Zimmerman was set free because what he did was within the constraints of the law under the “Stand Your Ground” policy. It wasn’t until public outcry became so great that Zimmerman was again detained, [...]

11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

Up, Up and Away: Building an Airship House

“QUANTUM SHOT” #794 Link – article by Avi Abrams H. G. Wells and Jules Verne Would Approve Luke William Grove (originally from Brighton, United Kingdom) is currently building a floating “airship” house in Perpignan, France. This is not a humble abode, tied to Mother Earth with no hope of ever [...]

9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files

Under J. Edgar Hoover, everybody who was anybody had an FBI file. Here are some interesting things we found while poking around their archives. 1. Albert Einstein Our favorite scientist’s file is over 1800 pages long. Einstein’s German roots always made the Bureau nervous. It didn’t help that he was an outspoken pacifist and socialist (not to [...]

18 Independent Artists at Comic Con 2012

Back in 2010, we introduced you to some of the many talented artists at the San Diego Comic Con. So how have things changed in the last two years? For one thing, there are even more talented artists setting up shop at the convention these days. Here are a few of the many amazing artists [...]

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 [...]

There’s a Little Bit of Belgium in Every U.S. Dollar Bill

by Albena Shkodrova/Latitude News Antoine Vervaeke with pallets of flax. Image credit: Albena Shkodrova Dollars probably matter more to Antoine Vervaeke than any other person in Europe. Vervaeke’s company provides the linen fibers — flax — that go into the U.S. dollar bill. It’s a deal that’s been in place since 1962, when Vervaeke’s father signed a [...]

Knope-Newport and 6 Other Memorable TV Elections

Image credit: Knope2012.com Tonight’s season finale of Parks and Recreation will feature one of the most hotly contested elections since Truman defeated Dewey. While we wait to see whether Leslie Knope trumps Bobby Newport for a seat on the Pawnee City Council, here are some of our other favorite TV election episodes. 1. Cheers After Boston City Councilman [...]