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Nine Things Invented For Military Use That You Now Encounter In Everyday Life

A surprising number of military inventions have found their ways into our civilian lives. Here are just a few military-turned-everyday items. 1. GPS Getty Images When you rely on the GPS app on that Android phone to keep yourself from getting lost, you’re using the same Global Positioning System satellites set up by the U.S. Department of [...]

Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]

The Terrorist Bride

The downfall of the al-Qaeda could be their affinity for Western women. According to a report released through a Danish Newspaper (Jyllands Posten), a man named Morten Storm worked as a double agent for Denmark and the CIA in an attempt to capture Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader and cleric. For six years Storm allegedly worked [...]

The Pulp Fiction Cover Art of Bruce Pennington

The Abominations of Yondo Bruce Pennington has beenin the business a long time. His first sci-fi cover commission came in 1967, for the New English Library 1970 paperback edition of Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. Not a bad start! The book became the sacred text of The Church of All Worlds, a religious group [...]

Ladybug Day

(YouTube link) Teacher and numbers geek Ron Gordon tells me today is Ladybug Day! Gordon finds fun patterns in dates, and today is 10-11-12 (as we write it in the U.S.). The name was inspired by the above song from Sesame Street. The dates corresponding to the first, second, and third lines of the song have [...]

Canadian Thanksgiving Cakes

To mark the occasion of Thanksgiving, as it is celebrated in Canada today, Cake Wrecks takes a critical look at the difference between Canadian turkeys and U.S. turkeys. Of course, the comparison is done with cakes. First and foremost, Canadian turkeys carry all their tail feathers on their heads. With plenty of photographic evidence. Link

Why Did the U.S. Abandon the Gold Standard?

Some have called for a return to the gold standard. How would it affect the economy? What is the gold standard? It’s a monetary system that directly links a currency’s value to that of gold. A country on the gold standard cannot increase the amount of money in circulation without also increasing its gold reserves. Because the [...]

13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using

Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won’t do. 1. Interrobang You probably already know the interrobang, thanks to its excellent moniker and increasing popularity. Though the combination exclamation point and question mark can be replaced by using one of each (You did what!? [...]

West Point Style

(YouTube link) Honestly, I’m only posting about one in every fifteen “Gangnam Style” videos I see …but this is good. Well, Navy fans might take exception. West Point cadets give a U.S. military flavor to every scene of PSY’s video. -via Viral Viral Videos

6 Remarkable Police Animals

We’ve seen bookstore cats, animals trained to sniff out bombs and heroic dogs, but now we’re here to focus on animals who have served, or are currently serving, their local police departments. 1. Momo, Nara Police Department, Japan We’re used to seeing large police dogs because, let’s face it, a lap dog can’t take down a [...]