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24 Pictures of Adorable Cats And Dogs From Meet The Breeds 2012

Each year, the American Kennel Club throws Meet the Breeds in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center. More than 200 breeds of cats and dogs are available for cuddling and photo ops (if you can get them to sit still!). We hit the floor to bring you adorable pictures and interesting factoids about 24 breeds. Abyssinian [...]

The Time 18th-Century French Aristocrats Fled to Rural Pennsylvania

In 1793, the French Revolution was in full swing. Royal sympathizers—nobles, military officers, clergy, and other aristocrats—were guaranteed a sharp kiss from the guillotine. Frightened, thousands of aristocrats fled to neighboring countries like Austria and Prussia. A small handful of Nobles, however, escaped to a place so obscure that they were able to start their [...]

15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents

Every once in a while, you think you’ve found the most perfect gift ever. But does it compare to the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States? Mental_floss has a roundup of the biggest, costliest, and most thoughtful gifts ever given. For example, General Sherman notified his boss of an impressive [...]

11 Wars That Led to Natural Disasters

An hour ago, we discussed 11 Natural Disasters That Led to Wars. Let’s switch that around. 1. Flooding of Babylon, 689 BCE The Assyrians still rank as one of history’s meanest groups of people: skinning captives alive, throwing babies on spears — all in a day’s work for these brutal empire-builders in the ancient Near East. So [...]

Trojan Deer

Kristie Carlisle Duncan, a MFA student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, came up with this whimsical sculpture. It’s a mechanical deer piloted by tiny chickens. Not real ones, of course. But if this contraption rolls up to your front door, don’t let it inside. Link -via @Christopher Jobson

Adorable Sad Baby Monsters

Jackie Lewis of the Savannah College of Art and Design created an adorable series of sad monster drawings, including cthulhu, griffons and the mothman. They’re all just precious, so make sure to check out the rest at the link. Link Link

The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds. Frederic Tudor not only introduced the world to cold glasses of water on hot summer days, he created a thirst people never realized they had. (Image credit: Flickr user Jau [...]

Cartoonize My Pet

Zazzle has a generator in which you can create custom pet cartoons that look like yours, or like a pet you’d rather have. The cats you see here are mine: Biscuit, Savannah, Marshmallow, and Gogo, although they aren’t to scale. You can also customize a dog, fish, reptiles, birds, and some others. Link

French Lick, Havana and Other Former Spring Training Sites

Players have reported to spring training to prepare for the upcoming baseball season. Half of the league’s 30 teams are holding camp in Florida, home of the Grapefruit League, and the other half are in Arizona, home of the Cactus League. Spring training wasn’t always concentrated in two states. In fact, it was once common [...]

The Old School Diner

Michael Powell and Juergen Horn are continuing their living experiment in moving to a new city every three months, and writing about them on their blog 91 Days. Currently in Savannah, Georgia, USA, they visited The Old School Diner and got a lesson in Southern hospitality. The evening really got going when Chef Jerome came out [...]