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Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1900s. While Downton might be the only abbey about which people in the [...]

Why Doesn’t Britain Make Things Anymore?

If you’re sad that the United States doesn’t make things anymore, read this and you’ll feel a bit better: at least we’re not Britain, where they really don’t make anything anymore. Aditya Chakrabortty of [...]

UFO filmed prior to Royal Wedding

A tourist claims to have filmed a UFO over Westminster just prior to last week’s Royal Wedding. Hovering for 30 minutes the indistinguishable object h…

The Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Dog Show was held this week at Madison Square Garden. The event drew over 2,500 dogs representing 179 breeds. The judges were impressed with outstanding breeding and grooming, while I am impressed with these dogs’ patience and behavior! The Big Picture blog has lots more photographs for your enjoyment. Link -via The Daily [...]

The Quick 10: R.I.T.: Famous Tombstone Typos

Typos are rarely a good thing, but when they’re literally set in stone – well, those are monumental mistakes. Check out eight famous pieces of garbled granite, along with two that look like errors but aren’t. (Sorry for all of the bad puns. Sometimes I can’t help myself.) 1. James K. Polk, 10th President of the United [...]

What Does the Sergeant at Arms Do?

The Sergeant at Arms is perhaps most famous for being the guy at the State of the Union Address who, along with the House Floor Services Chief, shouts “Mister (or Madam) Speaker, the President of the United States!” But what does the Sergeant at Arms do the rest of the year? (Current Sergeant at Arms [...]

Gargoyles & Grotesques, Part 1

“QUANTUM SHOT” #653Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Grinning Gargoyles and Grimacing Grotesques We’ve all seen them, those odd looking carved faces, some with horns, some half animal or half human, often looking miserable, scowling at us from the outer walls of buildings. Often they’re spotted on churches and other older structures, but [...]

The Late Movies: Best of Conan

Since the last episode of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien airs tonight, here are some of Conan’s best moments from his 16+ years with NBC, showcasing the qualities that make Conan, Conan. Believe me, it was very difficult to narrow it down. If you have a favorite clip not listed here, leave a comment [...]

The Quick 10: 10 of America’s Most Haunted Cemeteries

I live just across the street from a cemetery, and this time of year it’s certainly not hard to creep myself out a little bit when walking the dogs after work – especially in the evening when the sun is sinking below the horizon, giving everything an eerie glow. But despite scaring myself, I can’t [...]