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Restaurants Add Mandatory Tipping for French Canadian Customers

Are Québecois bad tippers? Canadians that visit restaurants in Burlington, Vermont, got a little surprise when they noticed that they were being charged automatic gratuities when servers guessed that they were Quebec: A few local servers even have a nickname [...]

Comic Convention Warning Signs

Comic Con in San Diego is this weekend! Here are some warning signs they should use to make your visit safer and easier, from College Humor. Link

Zombie Typeface

Even typographers need to prepare for the inevitable rising of the undead. To encourage them, Avery Oldfield, Jack Inscoe and Amanda Dockery made a typeface that reminds them to get ready with every word that they read. Visit the link and type in your own text to see what your words look like in fetid [...]

As American as Apple Pie Bombs

American institution or not, Nikita Khrushchev probably wasn’t impressed with the mysterious homemade apple pie he received during his first visit to the United States in 1959. Though the visit was historic, many Americans were less than thrilled that the Russian Premier was on U.S. soil. With this knowledge in hand, Khrushchev’s security detail had instructions [...]

Man on Hawaiian Vacation Accidentally Meets Brother

Rick Hill of Lunenburg, Massachusetts went on vacation to Hawaii and took an unplanned visit to Waikiki Beach. There he met resident Joe Parker, who went on an unplanned errand to the beach as part of his job. Parker recognized Hill’s accent and made an offhand remark that led them to a discussion about how [...]

Treasures of the Soviet Union space industry

Richard Hollingham pays a visit to a private space museum containing relics of a bygone era. Run by the state-owned space company Energia the museum i…

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Who Really Wrote “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”?

Call it a literary mystery – nearly 190 years after “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was published in New York’s Troy Sentinel, we still don’t know who really wrote the classic poem. When it was first appeared in the newspaper on December 23, 1823, there was no name attached to it. It wasn’t until 13 [...]

Werner Herzog Reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas"

(YouTube link) From Ryan Iverson, who brought us a few similar readings, comes the Clement C. Moore classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas” as interpreted by his impression of Werner Herzog. -Thanks, Ryan!

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