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Brett Cohen’s Celebrity Prank

Brett Cohen? Sure, we know Brett Cohen*! Heck, we even knew him before he got famous for pretending to be famous. That’s right. Brett is just an average guy with a crazy idea that in order to be treated like a celebrity, [...]

11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves

Despite photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts, these tales of time travel are hard to believe. 1. Billy Meier and the Plejaren Not many time travelers have photo albums with snapshots of their journeys. Meet Billy Meier. In the 1970s, the Swiss-born Meier was taken on a few chronological joyrides by a race of extraterrestrials called the Plejaren. [...]

How to Watch Tonight’s “Curiosity” Rover Landing

NASA’s latest and greatest Mars rover, known as Curiosity, will attempt to land on Mars early Monday morning (or late Sunday night, depending on where you are on Earth). The landing is scheduled for 05:31 (UTC), which is Monday morning at 1:31am Eastern in the US, or 10:31pm Pacific time Sunday night. Because [...]

Things Are About To Get Rough On The Naked Streets Of New York

Have you ever heard of the Naked Cowboy? He’s the street performer who has become famous for singing songs in New York’s Times Square wearing next to nothing. Well, his gimmick has met with opposition in the form of the Naked Indian, a man who has decided to battle NC for the right to perform on the [...]

Meet the Beats

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. The Beats were America’s first hipsters. But what were they, like, really about, man? THE OTHER SIDE OF AMERICA One night in 1948, two students at new York’s Columbia University, John Clellon Holmes and Jack Kerouac, were hanging out talking about what they thought was [...]

Torn Photograph Collages Show Life In New York

Several photos torn into strips then put back together-that’s the basic concept behind this photography series by John Clang, but the end result is so much more than just a bunch of torn pictures. These are snapshots of life in New York taken at all the prime spots, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Times Square and [...]

The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean Stands for Leon Leonwood

If seeing a Bootmobile in person is on your bucket list and you can get to Times Square by tomorrow afternoon, you’re in luck. To celebrate L.L. Bean’s 100th anniversary, they’re rolling out a “larger-than-life mobile replica of the iconic L.L.Bean Boot.” But really the takeaway here is Leon Leonwood. [via The Hairpin]

8 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains

While researching the post 10 Heroic Battlefield Medics, I came across a couple of fascinating stories about military chaplains and their wartime exploits. Those stories were filed away for later, and they grew into a list of stories that deserve to be told and remembered. They are presented here in more or less chronological order. 1. [...]

Tiny Worlds Trapped in Bubbles

Photo credit: Tom Storm In 2006, photographer Tom Storm accidentally captured a row of shops in the reflection of a bubble when he visited Galway, Ireland. Inspired, he soon picked up a bottle of bubbles and a bunch of plane tickets with the intent to document famous spots throughout the world through the viewpoint of a [...]

The New York Times Just Turned 160

Last Sunday was the 160th anniversary of The New York Times. Throughout those years, The Times has created quite a reputation for itself and has even garnered the nickname the “newspaper of record.” These days, the paper is the third most popular in the world, only ranking behind The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, [...]