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25 Fun Size Facts About Classic Halloween Candy

Yesterday we took an impromptu field trip to a magical place called Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. The place was packed with people, candy, and nostalgia. (In addition to the goodies below, I bought three packs of 1987 Topps baseball cards.) Here are some fun facts about candy you’ve likely handled on past [...]

Please Move The Deer Crossing

A caller to the Playhouse in the Morning show on Y94 radio station in Fargo, North Dakota, called in to complain about how the government is putting deer crossing signs on busy roads. The caller, now known as Donna the Deer Lady, [...]

Collision Course: A Brief Guide to Earth’s Most Interesting Impact Craters

A Norwegian family arrived at their cabin to open it up for the spring and found a surprise: a large rock had smashed through the roof. It was identified as a 1.3 pound breccia meteorite. It didn’t hurt anybody, and its sale price should easily cover the damage to the roof; meteorites are valuable to [...]

Art at Large: 11 Record-Holding Paintings, Drawings, Photos and Sculptures

Ever wonder what the world’s biggest photograph looks like? How about the largest knitted pink bunny? Wonder no more, flossers; here are 11 bizarre and/or massive works of art, each of which holds a current world record. 1. Largest photograph, taken with the world’s largest pinhole camera The Great Picture features a 32′x111′ panoramic view in black-and-white [...]

9 Things Everyone Should Know About North Dakota

Everyone gives North Dakota a hard time. Well, some people in Montana and South Dakota do. People in states farther away can’t name a single thing about it. But we should all give this place more respect. It might be cold, it might have long and tedious roads, and it might not even be a [...]

North Dakota: Where The Jobs Are

Psst! Wanna job? There’s a place in the United States that actually can’t get enough people to hire. The catch? You have to live in North Dakota … kidding! Actually its a bit worse: you [...]

Five Interesting Tributes to Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore? Absolutely, if Grover Norquist has his way. As Chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project, Norquist believes that all 50 states should have a landmark of some kind named after the Gipper. At least 27 states already have something – streets, elementary schools, post offices, even an airport. But some of [...]

Broken House Models

Artist Ofra Lapid creates small-scale model homes from photographs of their real-life abandoned, dilapidated counterparts. The original photographs are a series of the buildings in different stages of decay, taken by an amateur who resides in North Dakota. Link -via Beautiful/Decay

The Quick 10: Pre-Presidential Professions

You already know that Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild before he was President of the United States, and I bet you recall a joke or two about Jimmy Carter being a peanut farmer. Here are a few ways other future presidents paid the bills before they started signing bills. 1. Harry Truman, [...]

How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part IV)

Reader Adam from Fairfax, Virginia, wrote in to ask, “How did the US states get their names?” This week, we’re tackling the origins and meaning of the names 10 states at a time. Here’s Massachusetts through New Jersey. (Be sure to also check out Monday’s post on Alabama through Georgia, Tuesday’s post on Hawaii through [...]