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The Order of the Occult Hand: A Secret Society of Journalists

How do journalists get into this mysterious group? They must sneak the phrase “It was as if an occult hand had…” past their editors and into published articles. The Order emerged sometime during the 1960s, perhaps when Paul Greenberg was writing for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. After an exposé in 2004, Greenberg was eventually forced to come [...]

Miss USA Contestants Debate Evolution

The Miss USA Beauty Pageant was held this past weekend (celebrating 60 years no less) and the big question everyone wanted to know wasn’t what these young ladies were going to wear in the swimsuit competition. We were all sitting on the edge of our seats interested to know their thoughts on the question “Should [...]

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. 1. It started with the Civil War Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Male Cheerleaders

When cheerleading was “born” on November 2, 1898, it looked a lot different than it looks today. No tiny outfits, no wild stunts and – surprise – no women. University of Minnesota student Johnny Campball rallied a football crowd with the ad-libbed cheer, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” and unwittingly [...]

The Original Plan Was for Yoda to Be Played by a Monkey

J.W. Rinzler, the author of the book The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, notes that George Lucas wasn’t sure how the character Yoda could be portrayed on screen. One idea was to put a monkey in a Yoda costume: At the time, animatronic technology wasn’t thought to be advanced enough to pull off [...]

Miss Mafia beauty show

Miss Mafia Beauty Contest that could end with the judges getting an offer they can’t refuse.Because organisers in Budapest, Hungary, are holding the world’s first pageant exclusively for girls convicted of Mafia-connected crimes. Women can post their pictures on the contest’s website — but only after submitting a police mugshot to prove their background.Other vital [...]

Archaeologists Found Mayan Ruins Frozen in Time

Photo: Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project Archaeologists have found new clues from the Mayan ruins of Kiuic in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula that may shed light on the collapse of the Maya civilization ten centuries ago: … The latest discoveries from the site may capture the moment of departure. “The people just walked away and left everything in place,” says [...]