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Woman Finds Original Renoir at a Flea Market

It could be worth as much as $100,000, but the 5.5-inch-by-9-inch Renoir painting purchased at a flea market cost less than $50 and came with a Paul Bunyan doll. The buyer liked the look of the frame and took it to an auction house to have it assessed. And that’s when art experts realized that the [...]

From Petey P. Cup to Prosty the Spokesgland: 11 Unbelievable Healthcare Industry Mascots

If pancake syrup, batteries and crescent rolls can have corporate mascots, why shouldn’t urinalysis and Manograms? That’s what these 11 health-related causes figured when they created their very specific spokesthings. 1. Petey P. Cup We’ve mentioned Petey P. Cup before, but his particular brand of awesome is worth another visit. Petey is a larger-than-life specimen jar containing [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but there is certainly no shortage of unusual holidays to celebrate. February 4th: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Ice cream waffle image via Shutterstock Created by a brother and sister in upstate New York, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day says its official founding was in 1997. The only rules [...]

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn. While watching the news, I was struck by a curiosity many of you might have shared: just where exactly do these names come from? It’s a relatively new practice, actually—less than a hundred years old. The Germans [...]

College Football Rivalry Trophies Not Deemed Unacceptable

Image credit: iowacorn.org There will be a new new trophy awarded to the winner of this year’s Iowa-Iowa State game. From ESPN: With the Iowa Corn Growers Association as the new sponsor of the series between Iowa State’s Cyclones and Iowa’s Hawkeyes, the new trophy was drawn up as a farm family huddled around a bushel of [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Photo-Op Statues

With the holidays here, I bet lots of you are planning on traveling (we are). I love nothing more than to break up a road trip with ridiculous little stops, much to the chagrin of my car companions. They grumble, but they secretly love me for it (I hope). If you’re looking to break up [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Weird College Football Trophies

Iowa is a state divided this weekend. Our two biggest schools – Iowa State and the University of Iowa – face off at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames tomorrow (that’s ISU turf). The winner not only gets bragging rights, but also the coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy. Ain’t she a beaut, Clark? OK, maybe it’s not the most [...]