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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

Bigamy Exposed via Facebook

You know that feature of Facebook in which it suggests new friends for you among your friend’s other friends? In the case of a Seattle man, the social network suggested that his first wife “friend” his second wife. See, he is still married to the first wife. According to charging documents filed Thursday, Alan L. O’Neill [...]

Secrets of the Hexagon Spy Satellite

In the 1970s, during the heights of the Cold War, more than 1,000 engineers worked on a project so secret that they couldn’t tell their wives and children decades after it was over. In September [...]

Yes, Virginia, There Was a Merlin

With all the hoopla about Harry Potter this week, it seems as if people have forgotten about the OG wizard: Merlin. The legendary spell-caster has been written about by no less than Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis (among others) and portrayed on film and television by Joseph Fiennes (pictured), Stacy Keach, Sam Neill and Bobcat [...]

Dear Slackers: Teacher’s Last Letter to Students on Why They Should Study

Jaime O’Neill is an English teacher who penned this Dear Students letter for his last class after teaching for 40 years. Every student should read it, but probably won’t and therefore will learn the hard way (just like the rest of us): There are always excuses for not showing up, or not turning work in. I’ve [...]

15 Facts You Might Not Know about Stargate SG-1

Stargate is a science fiction franchise comprised of a movie and no less than three television shows totaling seventeen seasons of broadcast time. The 1994 movie by Roland Emmerich was a huge success and led to the creation of the first television series, Stargate SG-1, on Showtime starting in 1997. Clocking in at 214 episodes, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Places to Stay if You’re Looking for a Scare

Looking for a last-minute Halloween getaway? Then this is the Q10 for you. I’m all talk when it comes to sharing a room overnight with visitors who have long since left the here-and-now – I have a feeling that I would stop just short of booking a room at any of these 10 places. How [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wallis Simpson

It takes quite a woman to get a man to give up the English throne just to marry her, but twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson pulled off the trick in 1936 when she married King Edward VIII. Here are five things you might not know about the woman for whom Edward abdicated the throne. 1. She [...]