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Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From (Hint: Coffee!)

“The English coffee house was crucial to the development and spread of … The Englightenment, … in part because of what people were drinking there.” So begins author Steven Johnson’s excellent TED Talk about ideas, and in part about how the rise of coffee changed the world. Another quote: “The water wasn’t [...]

Video: Coffee is Pure Awesome

So you like coffee? Watch this video. Don’t read the stuff below, just watch it. In this short, fun documentary by C.G.P. Grey, you’ll learn some fun facts about coffee. There’s also some interesting speculation (backed up by information from author Steven Johnson) that coffee sparked The Enlightenment. Wonder why caffeine is in coffee beans to [...]

Five Places Where Land is Free

Some communities need residents. Some need jobs. Some need development. In order to get those things, a few communities will give you free land! These small communities want you to build a house and make yourself at home. Several small cities in rural Kansas will give you a land lot if you agree to fashion housing [...]

This Week at Neatorama

Arrrr! Tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! To get ready, you might want to check out these Neatorama articles about pirates: Pirate Lore: 7 Myths and Trrrrruths About Pirates! or The Last Great Buried Treasure Mystery: The Money Pit at Oak Island or Neatorama Facts: Pirates of the Caribbean. You’ll also want to [...]