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This Is a Cucumber

Specifically, it’s a Sikkim cucumber. The plant originated in the Himalayas but can now be found in gardens around the world. Marla Aufmuth spotted this one at the National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa, California.  Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Marla Aufmuth

The Late Movies: The Pixies’ “Doolittle” Turns 23 Today

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of Doolittle, a landmark album by the Pixies that influenced boatloads of musicians in the ensuing years (though most musicians I know pretend they liked Surfer Rosa better). Last year, in a roundup of Pixies covers, I wrote: “The Pixies have had a special place in my [...]

The Worst Job of 2012

Quick, what’s the worst job in the United States today? CareerCast ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook to come up with this: [...]

World’s Oldest Divorce

Divorcing a spouse due to marital infidelity is sadly not uncommon. But what is newsworthy is how a 99-year-old Italian man divorced his wife after learning of that she had an affair … 60 [...]

The Number of the Day: 112

In 2009, ABC News found 112 different spellings of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s name. Related Fact: The longest was Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi. [Source: ABC News. Image Credit: Inacio Rosa/epa/Corbis. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]

The Quick 8: Eight Monetary Misprints

You may have heard that a batch of new $100 bills was recently misprinted (and if you haven’t, check out #1). It may be the latest monetary mishap, but it’s certainly not the only one – here are a pocketful of other misprints that may be lurking in your wallet, including a couple of stamps. 1. [...]

18 Airports Named After People (Including a Cartoonist)

If you’re doing any air travel this winter, chances are you’ll end up spending quite a bit of time sitting in airports. During those layovers, your mind may wander. Who is this O’Hare fellow? What made LaGuardia worthy of an airport? How about Hartsfield and Jackson? Here’s a look at some namesake airports whose origins [...]