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The Most Popular Pages in Medieval Manuscripts

How can you know which pages in a medieval manuscript were the most popular? Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews reasoned that the finger smudges left by readers would be a good indicator: Using a device that measures the optical density of a reflective surface, Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews in [...]

Scottish Village Gets a “Sister City” -on Mars

Many cities and towns around the world have a link to another city or town far away, for friendship and cultural exchanges. The village of Glenelg, on the western coast of Scotland, has announced it will “twin” with another place with the same name. Glenelg, Mars, is the designated name of the spot that the [...]

10 Legendary Monsters of Europe

There are monsters all around us -or at least the legends of monsters. Last week we saw some of the monsters of Asia. Now here are some of the scariest monsters of Europe. 1. Kelpie The Kelpie lives in the lakes and rivers of Scotland, and is often referred to as a “water horse” because it is [...]

10 Places and the Words They Inspired

1. Buncombe County, North Carolina Just before the U.S. House was set to vote on allowing Missouri into the Union in 1820, North Carolina Rep. Felix Walker requested a chance to speak. When his exhausted colleagues tried to cut him off, he told them that his speech wasn’t actually for the House at all, but for [...]

11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

Unique Sculptural Scenes Crafted From The Pages Of Books

We’ve seen other works of literary art, like the carved book works of Guy Laramee and the mystery book sculptures left in libraries across Scotland, but this series of literary sculptures by Oklahoma based artist Kelly Campbell Berry have a lot more character than the competition! Each sculpted book depicts characters from classic literary works coming [...]

Khakis: A Heat Stroke of Genius

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces. The British Army’s fancy scarlet tunic looked sharp, but was agonizingly uncomfortable in the heat. The soldier’s warm-weather option was a dazzling white uniform -spiffy but impractical for daily use. How to solve the problem? JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY Legend has it [...]

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 [...]

On the Gradual Diminution of the Human Head

by F.F. Tuckett and Dr. Beddoe, F.R.S. [Originally published in Proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society, New Series, vol. 3, part 3, 1882. Thanks to Desmond T. Donovan for bringing it to our attention.] Mr. Tuckett’s attention had first been directed to the subject of his communication by a remark made to him some time ago by [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About U.S. Army Special Forces

Getty Images This year marks the 60th anniversary of U.S. Army Special Forces, sometimes called the “Green Berets.” In hot spots around the globe, they’re often the first in and the last out. Experts in direct action and masters of unconventional warfare, Special Forces soldiers infiltrate foreign countries, provide humanitarian aid, raise armies, and train them [...]