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20th Century Styles, According To 1893

The illustrations in this gallery are from a Strand Magazine article from 1893 that was supposed to be a sneak peek of what fashion will look like in the 20th century. The writer even goes so far as to claim that he got these designs from a man who found a book dated 1993 that [...]

Extraordinary Inventions: Victorian-Era Prank Machines

“QUANTUM SHOT” #751Link – article by Julia Suits Creators of these pranks were America’s original hi-tech geeks of the new electric age. You will remember our hilarious serious Weird Inventions by Guys; this time we give you a treat from Julia Suits, author of the “The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions” (None of this material has appeared [...]

13 Peaceful Protests and Whether They Worked

© Julie Dermansky/Julie Dermansky/Corbis The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have been going on for over a month. From one side, we hear that the occupiers are a bunch of naive kids who need to change out of their hemp ponchos and take a shower if they want to be taken seriously. Others say the demonstrators are [...]

The New York Times Just Turned 160

Last Sunday was the 160th anniversary of The New York Times. Throughout those years, The Times has created quite a reputation for itself and has even garnered the nickname the “newspaper of record.” These days, the paper is the third most popular in the world, only ranking behind The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, [...]

4 Old Men Who Played College Football

College football is usually a young man’s game, but occasionally an old timer finds his way onto the field. With this fall’s schedule finally in full swing, let’s take a look at four players who didn’t let their relatively advanced ages keep them off of the gridiron. 1. Tom Thompson, Austin College In November 2009, [...]

At the Age of 61, Man Returns to College Football

When he was 18, Alan Moore played college football for a year before leaving school to serve with the US Army in Vietnam. When he got back, Moore got a job, got married, and eventually had three children and five grandchildren. He never stopped dreaming of football. Now he’s back, 43 years later. Moore is [...]

The Hero in the Picture

James Zwerg was a Freedom Rider who went to Montgomery, Alabama in 1961. As soon as he stepped off the bus, a mob grabbed him and beat him to a pulp. A photograph taken of Zwerg in the hospital was published nationwide and around the world, bringing awareness of what was happening in the American [...]

No Technology Ever Dies

Kevin Kelly, an editor for Wired and Cool Tools, points out something that is both simple and profound. No piece of technology, once it becomes widely used, ever goes extinct. It doesn’t matter if that technology has become obsolete. There are and always will be people who will continue to produce it. Robert Krulwich of [...]

The Quick 9: 9 Awkward Places to Get Served

Getting served with divorce papers or lawsuits is never fun, but let’s face it – opening your front door and accepting an envelope is a lot less embarrassing than dealing with someone running out and handing you a sheaf of paper in front of your adoring fans at Wrigley Field. Here are 10 less-than-ideal places [...]

The Quick 15: the Forbes Fictional 15

Every year, Forbes analyzes the net worth of really rich people – really rich people who don’t actually exist. In the past, Uncle Sam and Scrooge McDuck have been the highest rollers. Although Scrooge is closing in on the top spot this year, he’s been edged out by a newcomer to the list, a certain [...]