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15 of the World’s Most Expensive Foods

If you ever find yourself in a Brewster’s Millions situation and have to burn through a fortune in a hurry, then all you need are this article, a few plane tickets and an empty stomach. (It never hurts to plan for the unexpected.) So just in case, here are 15 meals that can help you [...]

Why Are Unidentified People Called John or Jane Doe?

From the courts to the morgue, if the government doesn’t know someone’s name or wants to withhold it, they give them one of these as a placeholder. Why? Toe tag image via Shutterstock The John Doe custom was born out of a strange and long since vanished British legal process called an action of ejectment. Under old English [...]

Text Message Novels

This literary genre has apparently been developing for a few years, but I’ve just learned about it today. In 2007, Japanese romance novel writer who goes by the name Yume-Hotaru published one of his stories in short bits — small enough to fit into text messages. And that’s how they spread across the country. Now [...]

Coupled Married for 72 Years Dies While Holding Hands

Gordon and Norma Yeager, aged 94 and 90 respectively, were married for 72 years. They were inseparable and deeply in love with each other during those seven decades. They died an hour apart last week in a hospital. There was some confusion when Gordon left because his heart monitor continued to pulse — but that [...]

Milky Way Transit Authority

Image: Samuel Arbesman Sure, anyone could consult an atlas of the Milky Way Galaxy to see what’s all there, but if you think like Samuel Arbesman, that won’t do. He has created a handy station and route map of spiral galaxy as a way of making the immense more accessible. Introducing the Milky Way Transit Authority. This [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Residents of the Motion Picture Country House

In 1940, Jean Hersholt did a very cool thing – he bought nearly 50 acres of land through the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which he co-founded, and turned part of the property into the Motion Picture Country House. It was a place for those in the motion picture industry to retire and be cared for [...]