The history of the Cold War is replete with technological marvels that were the fruit of the arms race. There are also some stunning examples of inventions that really make you stop […]
An earlier Commonplace post noted that the music of Britney Spears is one of the most effective deterrents to Somali pirates. Lest that be construed as some kind of derogatory judgment on […]
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without nutmeg. The tasty spice found in virtually every kitchen adds just the right zing to pumpkin pie, eggnog, mulled cider, wassail, and countless other holiday dishes. […]
Pinky Lee Vintage and The Runaway Frankfurters Game Spend an exciting evening chasing hotdogs around the gameboard. The first to capture a frankfurter gets to put it on his or her wagon. […]
In an era of allegations of improperly-influenced elections, fraud, and political corruption, it may be comforting to realize that things could be worse.
You can’t judge a book by its cover — or its title. Even so, it goes without saying that the title goes a long way toward motivating the potential reader to pick […]
In Natoma, Kansas, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt. Read about more stupid laws. Read fun facts about fashion.
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” — Plato Read more fun facts about philosophers. Read more fun facts about Greece.
It is a standing joke that physicians have horrible handwriting. It turns out this may not be such a laughing matter. A number of studies have found that sloppy handwriting is just […]
Social Security Records Show 6.5 Million Americans Over the Age of 112; Only 40 People In Entire World Alive at That Age
If you are interested in living well past the age of 100, there seems to be one sure-fire way to improve your chances: get a U.S. Social Security number. Although there are […]
When the respected astronomer announced that gravity’s effects would be briefly suspended, it got everyone’s attention. People who are accustomed to taking action in response to severe thunderstorm warnings, approaching blizzards or […]
When the Hindenburg exploded in 1937, killing 36 people, it made headlines around the world and earned a lasting place in history. Titanic’s sinking, causing the death of more than 1,500 people […]
In an effort to address the rising trend of illegal drug use, membership in gangs, and violent behavior among students, a new initiative was created in 1983. Started as a joint venture […]
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, medical practitioners must classify all treatments in accordance with approved medical codes. This is a lot more complex than […]
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