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It kind of gets you right here to see the manliest men in history putting a pen to paper to express their soft side. We saw that in Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry not long ago. On a happier subject, here’s a note that Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) wrote to his wife Olivia [...]

17 Facts You Might Not Know about Bonanza

In 431 episodes spanning from 1959 to 1973, the Cartwrights of the Nevada Territory’s Ponderosa became a fixture of American life. Let’s take a look at some facts that you might not know about Bonanza. 1. The historic Virginia City was the center of the famed 1859 silver strike known as the Comstock Lode. It promptly [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabbles

There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples. 1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose [...]

The Quick 10: 10 People Pronounced Dead a Bit Prematurely

Pope Benedict XV died on January 22, 1922, which isn’t all that notable by itself – after all, he was 67 and had been suffering from a pretty bad case of pneumonia all month. What is notable is that he had been declared dead several days before he actually died thanks to a foible by [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Color Blind People

You know that scene in Little Miss Sunshine when Dwayne finds out he’s color blind and can’t achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a jet pilot? That may have had some real-life inspiration (see #3 below). Here are 10 famous people who suffered from the same problem as Dwayne. 1. Mr. Rogers was totally red-green color [...]