In 1864, the US Army began digging a proper well for Fort Monroe, a Chesapeake Bay Union fort surrounded by then-Confederate Virginia. Three years into the Civil War, and cut off from the state it was built to defend, Fort Monroe had more wounded soldiers and escaped former slaves than it could handle, and its…
It’s autumn now, and the trees outside my window have already burst into brilliant shades of yellow and red. Soon their gorgeous leaves will fall to earth, ready to be raked, bagged, and shipped off to Pacific Region Compost.
From the first moment a fossil is weathered out of its stony tomb, its days are sadly numbered. Wind, rain, the heat of day and cold of night relentlessly chip away at exposed fossils until they crumble to dust . . . unless a human happens to stumble across them first.
Before Tuesday, nobody really knew what Pluto looked like. But since 1933, its (now former) status as “the ninth planet” merited its inclusion in countless depictions of the Solar System. Which means up until Tuesday, every time a TV show showed a picture of Pluto they were largely guessing.
The northern white rhinoceros is on the brink of extinction. Ruthlessly hunted and killed for their horns (which, contrary to popular belief, are not used as an aphrodisiac), these beautiful animals no longer exist in the wild. Only five northern white rhinos yet survive, all in captivity or semi-captivity.
It seems like just yesterday the whole Internet was atwitter about Hot Topic buying ThinkGeek. Finally, we collectively said, we will be able to buy our nerdy pop-culture wares at an actual physical location, across from the vaping shop in the back of the local mall.
In December of last year, NBC asked several scientists why there’s been so many (and so many big) dinosaur discoveries lately. To a person, they all mentioned the same factor: Jurassic Park came out in theaters 20 years ago.
What do you do when you’re sued for wasting taxpayer money on a giant robot statue? Tear it down, and use more taxpayer money on a generic theropod dinosaur statue instead. Obviously.
A feathered dinosaur with bat wings. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Yi qi to know that it was one special little dinosaur, a dinosaur that wasn’t going to let a little thing like “not having feathered wings” keep it from soaring through the skies.
Scrooge McDuck has a lot of money. He’s the richest duck in the world, consistently number one (or two) in rankings of all wealthy fictional characters. And the most conspicuous and iconic symbol of his wealth is his aptly-named “money bin”.
In 2007, Dr. Jill Pruetz reported an extraordinary discovery: chimpanzees in southeastern Senegal were using spears to hunt their food. And slightly stranger still, it seemed like the females were doing a lot of the spearing.
Every year we spend over $60 billion dollars on dieting in the USA alone. Between Paleo, raw foods, superfoods, juice cleanses, gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, carb-free, and about a million others, fad diets are doing pretty well for themselves these days.
Just really, really solid recommendations there, Netflix.
Melanie's Marvelous Measles is a book about how awesome it is to catch the measles. Children ages 4-10 are invited to learn that the measles is actually pretty fun, has no serious possible side-effects, and is something kids should look forward to getting.
. . . and therefore the perfect day to watch that classic Bill Murray film about life in a world where nothing ever changes, and every day is exactly the same as the one before it.
...this mall in Japan has you beat.
Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we…