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Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]

Mikhail Gorbachev: Pizza Hut Spokesman

Happy belated birthday to Mikhail Gorbachev, who turned 81 yesterday. After seeing his stint as a Pizza Hut spokesman, we have to wonder if he’s celebrating with a couple of pies: If you’re wondering what the former Soviet leader is doing hawking fast food, well, you’re not alone. The unorthodox 1997 career move raised the eyebrows [...]

The Soviet Union Was Dissolved 20 Years Ago Today

Girl standing atop Soviet tank in Red Square during the Communist hard liners’ coup attempt in August 1991. © David Turnley/CORBIS Twenty years ago today, on December 8, 1991, a group of Soviet leaders got together in a house in snowy Belarus to declare the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The resulting treaty, [...]

From NASCAR Drivers to William Faulkner: A Brief History of Snubbing the President

Four out of twelve NASCAR drivers who were invited to meet President Obama at the White House this evening have declined to attend, citing scheduling conflicts—and sparking a nationwide gossip-fest. Refusing an invitation to visit the most powerful man in the world at his giant white mansion in the middle of the nation’s capital is, [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dave Brubeck

Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck may be approaching his 90th birthday, but he still occasionally sits down at his piano for a crowd. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the Kennedy Center Honoree, jazz standards composer, and leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Image credit: Katie Falkenberg/The Washington Times 1. His [...]

The Late Movies: Great Shots (Tennis & Otherwise)

This year’s U.S. Open featured a number of highs and lows, including overzealous fans, unexpected outbursts and a huge upset to cap it all off. But one of the craziest moments for me was the through-the-legs winner Roger Federer hit against Novak Djokovic in the semis. Sure, I’ve seen the chase-the-lob-hit-it-through-the-legs thing before, but never [...]