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Scenes From the 1908 London Olympic Marathon

In honor of today’s Olympic marathon, here’s a look back at the origin of the race, plus an explanation of the whole “.2″ business. Olympic Marathon, 1908 London Games/Getty Images In 490 BC, a soldier named Pheidippides supposedly ran from the battlefield at Marathon to the city of Athens to alert the troops of a Greek victory. [...]

Three White House Security Breaches (and Two Royal Run-Ins)

Last week’s security breach/assassination attempt at the White House was a shocker, but it’s hardly the first time it’s happened. Here are a few other times suspicious characters have gotten too close for comfort.   Michael Winter You can imagine the three-ring media circus that would spring up over a successful attempt to break into the White House [...]

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 [...]