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12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard

For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers’ room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered. 1. “In Event of Moon Disaster” As the world nervously waited for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon, Nixon speechwriter William [...]

Elephant learns how to speak Korean

An elephant in Korea has learned how to imitate human speech with words such as ‘hello’ and ‘good’. The feat is all the more remarkable because elepha…

6 Students Who Lost Their Diplomas Over Controversial Graduation Speeches

While some of these students were eventually awarded their diplomas, the content of their speeches was deemed too hot for commencement. 1. Kaitlin Nootbaar NBC NewsWire This week the internet is abuzz with the story of a graduating Oklahoma student who was denied her high school diploma, thanks to a slip of the tongue during her valedictory address. [...]

Bill Murray’s Sally League Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech

(YouTube Link) Bill Murray was recently inducted into baseball’s South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, and his speech confirms that the League clearly chose the best man for the award. Bill’s speech is heartwarming, funny and reveals the deep love he’s had since childhood for America’s national pastime, and how he came to be co-owner of the [...]

Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech Turned Into A Comic

Neil Gaiman recently delivered a commencement speech for Philadelphia’s University of the Arts which people found so heartwarming and inspiring that someone decided to turn it into a comic. The someone in question is Australian illustrator Gavin Aung Than, and he did a great job of making the speech even easier to digest, with whimsical imagery [...]

Adam Savage: About My “Indiana Jones” Hat

At this year’s Maker Faire, Adam Savage delivered a speech about “why we make” — a discussion largely about how Savage gets kids interested in making things. But first, he started with a story about his exquisitely perfect Indiana Jones fedora. He begins: “This is a replica of Harrison Ford’s hat from Raiders [...]

Theodore Roosevelt’s Life-Saving Speech

John Flammang Schrank is not as well-known a name as Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Booth or even John Hinkley, Jr. That’s because the president he shot was already out of office and running again on a third-party ticket in 1912. And Theodore Roosevelt survived being shot in the chest. In fact, you are [...]

What Was Nixon’s “Checkers Speech”?

Fifty-nine years ago today, Republican VP candidate Richard Nixon went on TV to give what’s known as the “Checkers Speech.” Why does a speech named after a dog live on in our cultural subconscious all these years later? Let’s find out. Checkers, the Speech After practicing law and serving in the Navy during World War II, Nixon’s [...]

Gold-Plated Copier

Designer Yogi Proctor coated a Canon copier in gold. It is, sadly, no longer functional. So it may not be a good buy if you’re in the market for a new copier. When asked to explain why he made it, Proctor cryptically responded: Well, I happened to re-hear the famous JFK speech on the radio that was [...]

“Ich Bin ein Berliner”

(YouTube link) Forty-eight years ago today, JFK gave one of the most moving speeches in international relations on record. Unfortunately, most people remember this as the “I am a jelly donut” speech due to an unfortunate misconception over the article ein, or the equivalent to a in English. It was the gaffe heard ’round the world, [...]