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The Wizard of Oz Dress Sold at Auction for $480,000

If you’d love to get your hands on Judy Garland’s blue and white gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like an auction house: the iconic [...]

Illegal Parkting

A criminal mastermind in Hoboken, New Jersey was caught when his forged parking permit fell prey to an unusually observant enforcer: The 24-year-old man’s fake permit spelled it “parkting,” a dead giveway for an eagle-eyed parking utility worker who noticed the Acura TSX sedan parked at 225 Monroe St. at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The parking utility [...]

Six Seriously Spooky Cemetery Stories

It’s that time of year, when we look to graveyards for tales that scare the Dickens out of us. Ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and even vampires figure in these stories of graveyards from all over. 1. Silver Cliff Cemetery Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado took its name from the nearby mining town of Silver Cliff, which was named [...]

The World’s Oldest Person Turns 115

To be 115 when the best life expectancy rates in history hover around 78 (for a person born in 2009!) is no small feat. Besse Cooper, currently the world’s oldest person, just celebrated her 115th birthday in Georgia state. It was a smallish affair, with about 15-20 friends and family. Her daughter-in-law Edith Cooper said the [...]

A Letter from Marilyn Monroe

Actress Marilyn Monroe was born on June first, 1926. If she hadn’t died in 1962, she would be 85 years old today. In 1961 Monroe was committed to a mental hospital in New York. She stayed four days, during which she wrote a six-page letter to her psychiatrist. Here is just a part of one [...]

Clever Bandits

These aren’t your garden variety crooks. Oddee has a neat list of 8 bandits that elevate crime to an art form. For example, read about Anthony J. Curcio, the guy who hired decoys on Craigslist for a bank heist: In an elaborate robbery scheme, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch [...]

The Limburger Cheese War

From the “Dustbin of History” files, here’s the pungent tale of two midwest states whose pride and honor were once challenged…by a slab of stinky cheese. IT AIN’T EASY BEING CHEESY It began in the winter of 1935 when a doctor in Independence, Iowa, prescribed an odd medicine to an ailing farm wife: Limburger cheese. The doctor [...]

motionbox.com presents our Oct. HDYK Winners!

On behalf of the good folks over @motionbox.com, Josh Halbur and I are thrilled to announce this month’s winners: Jon Hammond took the Motionbox premium membership and Kit Hughes won the HD cam. Working with their teams, each turned in all the right answers along the trail. As did most of you who entered! So a [...]