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11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

You’d expect famous people to know other famous people. But maybe not these famous people. 1. Nikita Khrushchev & Marilyn Monroe PA Photos /Landov In September 1959, during Khrushchev’s American tour, he visited 20th Century Fox Studios. At a lunch banquet with hundreds of stars (including Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper), he was [...]

10 Other People Ronald Reagan’s Diary Only Mentions Once

During last night’s GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich’s connection to President Reagan: “I looked at the Reagan diary. You’re mentioned once in Ronald Reagan’s diary. And in the diary, he says you had an idea in a meeting of young congressmen, and it wasn’t a very good idea and he dismissed it. [...]

Cosmic Pictures from the AAS

The semi-annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Austin recently, and many space images were shared. Dr. Phil Plait was not at the meeting, so the other astronomers sent him pictures, which he put into a gallery at Bad Astronomy. Each has a link to more information about the picture. The image [...]

How the Beatles Officially Ended -at Disney World

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Technically, it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the Beatles ended as a group. John Lennon had officially walked out of a meeting at Apple headquarters, with the other three Beatles present, on September 20, 1969. [...]

Why is it “Boilerplate text?”

Etymology time! I was in a meeting yesterday and the consultant must have used the word “boilerplate” 10 times in 10 minutes. It took me nearly 3 decades to get motivated enough to want to know the origin of the term, but that meeting yesterday did it. So here goes! In dem der olden deys, [...]

Underwater cabinet Meeting in Maldives

Maldives government highlights the impact of climate change by meeting underwater The government of the Maldives has held its first underwater cabinet meeting to attract international attention to the dangers of global warming. President Mohamed Nasheed, dressed in full scuba gear, conducted the 30-minute meeting at a depth of 20 feet off the coast just north of [...]

The Late Movies: Very Public Cellphone Disruptions

It’s always embarrassing when your cellphone goes off at the wrong time — in a class; in a movie theater during a quiet, dramatic scene; in an important meeting. Today’s Late Movies look at how people react when cell phones go off in even more embarrassing situations — while on TV, while talking to [...]