Birthdays and parties go together. It is a time of celebration for the one who is having a birthday, as well as his or her friends and family. At some point during […]
Why Does Silence Fall Across South Korea For a Day Each Year?
Today’s article is courtesy of one of our newest favorite reads, Tour the Globe. This blog is filled with intriguing geographical facts and will open your eyes to places you didn’t even […]
Why Is Darth Vader on the Washington National Cathedral?
If you want to see the symbolic representation of the battle between good and evil, visit Washington, D.C. No, we’re not talking about the political debates on Capitol Hill. The focus of […]
How One Man Owns All of a Country’s Bread for One Week
Some people like bread. I mean they really like it. They can consume several loaves a day and still want more. Some may even dream about buying all the bread in the […]
You Cannot Smell While Sleeping
We feel obligated to elaborate on that headline. Anyone who has participated in a week-long camp with 5th and 6th-grade boys can attest to the fact that sleeping people are capable of […]
Perplexing Platypus Promotes Plentiful Pondering
The general scientific consensus was that someone was trying to pull off a hoax. The newly-discovered animal could not possibly be real. It was an admirable effort, to be sure. It appeared […]
Progress and the Unreasonable Man
Research Proves Benefits When Doctors Prescribe Ice Cream
It sounds like the stuff of fairy tales or a thing that could only happen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Imagine a doctor writing the words “ice cream” on a prescription […]
Lucy’s Quest For Wisdom
Quoth the Parrot, “Pretty Boy… Nevermore… Polly Got a Cracker? Nevermore…”
One of the most famous poems in American literature started as something quite different. The eponymous talking bird who is featured in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was originally cast as a […]
An Alarm Clock That Guarantees a Rude Awakening
Let’s face it: sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning. Some of us simply aren’t morning people. There are days when it’s going to take a little […]
How a Popular Snack Was Born Out of a Fit of Frustration
George Crum had run out of patience. He certainly subscribed to the adage that the customer is always right, and he tried his best to be accommodating, but enough was enough!
How Many of These Crazy English Words Do You Know?
We love words. We especially love strange words. Fortunately, the English language has a limitless supply of them to tantalize even the most discriminating lexophile.
Compare Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence With the Final Version
You probably learned that Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Although he was responsible for most of the document’s content, the version that was approved contained 86 […]
Fairies Intervene to Keep Churchill Humble
“When Winston [Churchill] was born, lots of fairies swooped down on his cradle with gifts–imagination, eloquence, industry, ability–and then came a fairy who said ‘No one person has a right to so […]