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Cut and Paste Holiday Letter

So you thought the Mayan Apocalypse would bail you out from writing the annual state of the family address inside your Holiday Cards. Well, seeing that you’ve also decided to spend more time on your Mayan “Bucket List” in lieu of shopping for presents, Tiny Mind Gazette has a handy little cut and paste [...]

From the Attorney General to the Ku Klux Klan: "Kiss My Ass"

In 1970, Bill Baxley, the new Attorney General of the State of Alabama, reopened the investigation of the 1963 bombing of a church in which four little African-American girls died. For doing so, he received death threats from the Klan and similar organizations. Baxley’s response to one was short and to the point. Link | Photo: [...]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sleeping Patterns of Hummingbirds

There are some topics you probably never thought you’d be interested in, including the nocturnal habits of hummingbirds. But there exists a YouTube video that is so fascinating (read: adorable), it begs exploration of this topic. In the video, a green female hummingbird slumbers, and with every one of its tiny breaths, the bird lets [...]

The United States Of Scary Things

Things are mighty scary in these United States, and the scary varies from state to state. These aren’t made up critters that go bump in the night though, these are real things that everyone should be scared of, like hurricanes and killer bees, zombie Lincoln and cheese heads?! Okay, so some of these things are made up, [...]

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

We’ve covered Europe’s, Asia’s, Africa’s, North America’s and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well. Victorian State Library, Australia This library is not only massive – containing over 2 million books – it also has some [...]

Man Fights to Keep Wife Buried in His Front Yard

James Davis of Alabama fulfilled his wife Patsy’s wish of being buried outside their home, and now, he’s in a fight with the City Council to keep her there: "Good Lord, they’ve raised pigs in [...]

A Map of American State Stereotypes

This interactive map of the U.S. was constructed using Google’s autocomplete feature. For each state, the search form was filled in with “Why is [insert state] so “ and the autocomplete results were noted, analysed, sorted, and assigned. At the site, mouseover a state to see what autocomplete terms came up most often. The accompanying [...]

35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary

Getty Images The Oxford English Dictionary is a warehouse of over 600,000 words. Despite this large arsenal, we continue to coin, clip, and blend new words into existence, and the OED folks pump some of these new words into their dictionary. Here are some more recent additions with their official definitions. 1. Bling (n): Expensive, ostentatious [...]

Mrs. Dear Leader

The “mystery woman” seen with Kim Jong-un recently was the source of international speculation, which all turned out to be wrong. The North Korean leader married “Comrade Ri Sol Ju” a few years ago, even before his father died. Ri Sol Ju is said to be a 27-year old graduate student at Kim Il-sung University, pursuing [...]