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11 Monarchs Who Went Insane

With election season in full swing, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and be glad that neither candidate makes out with corpses or thinks they have bones made of glass. Whether they were born with mental illness or slowly descended into lunacy as a result of leading tragic lives, these 11 rulers definitely [...]

11 Monarchs Crowned While They Were in Diapers

Babies sure are cute. But do they make good world leaders? Here’s a peek at some of history’s youngest rulers and their reigns. 1. King Oyo (Toro Kingdom, Uganda) In 1995, Oyo became the youngest monarch in the world. He was three years old. When the coronation ceremony began, the toddler slid off the throne, ran [...]

Fun With Copyright Traps: 10 Hoax Definitions, Paper Towns and Other Things That Don’t Exist

Facts are hard to copyright—impossible, actually. This is problematic for people who deal in information; any reference material is factual, and therefore difficult to protect from dirty, lying thieves who want to steal your work. That’s where fictitious entries come in: facts become very easy to copyright when they aren’t true. These are people, places [...]

Boy has fish lodged in throat for 14 hours

12-year-old Philip Muan got more than he bargained for when he reeled in a fish he’d caught in a drain. Philip caught the climbing perch near Batang A…

Snow White: Not Just a Fairy Tale

Most of us are familiar with the story of Snow White: beautiful princess, jealous witch, hitman, dwarves, poisoned apple, hero prince. A cute little tale that got even cuter once Walt Disney got in hands on it in 1937, right? It may have been more than a tale, and the true tragedies the fairy stories might [...]

Sky

Sky from Philip Bloom on Vimeo. Best to view this HD time lapse in full screen. Filmmaker Philip Bloom shot this in Dubai over five days and nights, capturing the luminous grandeur of the city; music is “Xibalba” from The Fountain by Clint Mansell. Philip’s blog is a great resource for HD-DSLR aficionados.

10 Bizarre and Unique Playgrounds From Around the World

The blog Funster has pictures of ten amazing playgrounds from around the world. Pictured above is the St. Kilda Adventure Playground in Port Philip, Australia. It covers four hectares of land and includes a beaches pirate shipwreck and a submarine. It was built after World War II to help disadvantaged children in the area develop [...]

Trivial Pursuit Trivia

During a game of Scrabble in December of 1979, Canadian journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott decided to create their own board game. They sketched out the basic concept in a single evening, and they doodled several game board designs before settling on a “ship’s wheel” with six spokes leading to the center winner’s circle. [...]