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Ready for Some Real Chuck Norris Facts?

To be fair, not everyone likes Chuck Norris, whether it’s because they loathe his political beliefs, his violent action flicks, his purported plagiarism on WorldNetDaily, or because they are just sick and tired of the meme associated with him. But even if you don’t like certain things about Mr. Norris, there’s still plenty to appreciate, [...]

Slovakia Plans to Name a Bridge after Chuck Norris

Slovakia is cleverly and inexpensively rendering its border with Austria completely impregnable. How? It’s naming a bridge at a border crossing after action movie hero Chuck Norris: The actor’s work has become a popular source of kitschy fun among Slovaks and a mainstay for local jokes about macho strength and invincibility. [...] The voting will run until [...]

How Abraham Lincoln Argued a Murder Trial

This week we’re running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln’s foray into forensic meteorology. If you missed the first or second installments of the series, check them out. May 3, 1858. Cass County, Illinois. The Circuit Court of Cass County convened on Monday May 3rd, 1858, to begin Armstrong’s trial. Abraham Lincoln [...]

Forensic Science in the Roaring Twenties

In 1926, Francesco Travia was caught dumping parts of a dead woman. The rest of her was in his apartment. The Brooklyn police thought the murder case was open-and-shut. The New York City medical examiner, Dr Charles Norris himself, was on call the night of the Travia arrest. He followed the policemen up the wooden stairs [...]

What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 30 NHL Team Names

Ever wonder what a Canuck is? How about a Blue Jacket? With the NHL season kicking off this week, here’s a breakdown of how the league’s 30 teams got their names. 1. New York Rangers In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square [...]