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17 More Offbeat Holidays and Anniversaries to Celebrate in January

Forget weight loss and penny-pinching, make a resolution to keep this year a little more unconventional. What better way to start than with a few offbeat holidays and anniversaries you can easily observe? 1. January 1: First Foot Day A Scottish New Year tradition, the first person to step into someone’s home is called the “first-footer” and [...]

11 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2012

It’s been a solemn year for the deaths of famous and significant people – and as always, many died who were less famous, but should be saluted nonetheless for their contributions to the world. Here are 11 of the lesser-known greats who passed this year. 1. Murray Lender: Bagel Tycoon Lender’s Bagels Historical Images Murray Lender, son of [...]

The Eggheaded, Noggin-Filling Story of Eggnog

There’s something deeply polarizing about eggnog. People either love it or hate it and of those that love it, even they are usually at opposing sides when it comes to homemade nog versus the commercial variety. Whether you love it have drank gallons of it this year or hate it and gag at the very [...]

WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass [...]

WWII War Paint: How Bomber-Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys

As we reflect on the significance of Pearl Harbor Day, we can learn more about one of the iconic artistic relics of World War II: the decorated leather bomber jacket. The Army Air Corps was filled with new pilots, some just teenagers, who dressed up those jackets with mission counts, cartoon characters, caricatures, and sometimes [...]

The 10 Largest Canyons on Earth

Never underestimate the power of moving water -especially over millions of years. The canyons created by rivers are sculptural wonders found all over the globe. You are probably familiar with the Grand Canyon in the U.S. but do you know about Blyde River Canyon in South Africa? Unlike the Arizona canyon, this one (shown here) [...]

The Store Mannequins Are Watching You

The creepy store mannequins sure are getting creepier! The new "EyeSee" mannequins by Italian company Almax have cameras inside their eyes that can track customers as they shop: The EyeSee looks ordinary enough on the outside, with its slender polystyrene [...]

Not Impressed

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney visited the Oval Office on Thursday, along with other members of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team. Here, Maroney shows the president how to do that face that made her a meme right after the 2012 Olympics. -via reddit (Image credit: Pete Souza via Flickr user The White House)

Beyond the Twinkie: 5 Other Hostess Products We’re Losing

The corporate future of Hostess Brands is hanging by a mere thread, and the Internet is all a-Twitter with Twinkie talk. But there’s more than just a golden snack cake at risk here. Here are five other Hostess products that could vanish forever. 1. Wonder Bread Getty Images Taggart Baking vice president Elmer Cline was doubly inspired [...]

American, Underneath it All

During the buildup to the Gulf War, I sent radio station t-shirts and hats to U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia, and they were kind enough to send back pictures of themselves wearing them. I should have sent underwear! This picture has been passed around with no information, but I believe that the guy in the [...]