Every once in a while, a proud little community will sprout up just to let the world know how Utopia should be run. With chins raised almost as high as ideals, the community marches forth to be an example of perfection. But in most cases, all that harmonious marching gets tripped up pretty quickly. Here are four "perfect" communities that whizzed and sputtered thanks to human nature.
1. Brook Farm (or, Ripley's Follow Me or... READ ON
The Heene family's Balloon Boy hoax is still lingering in the news this week. Will charges be filed? Is a reality show in the works? Do you really care? We're guessing you don't. So instead, let's look back at four historical hoaxes.
1. The "Computer" That Outsmarted... READ ON
With New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's plagiarism scandal making headlines, we figured it was a good time to revisit a few other famous cases of word borrowing.
1. Martin Luther King Jr: I Heard a Dream (Which Subsequently Became My... READ ON
The first wheelchairs didn't just transport the disabled. They were also good for toting dirt, stone and construction supplies around... READ ON
The Dilemma: What Just Happened?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
People You Can Impress: fellow survivors
The Quick Trick: If you're standing in an absolute wasteland amid thousands of corpses, it was a nuclear bomb. If you're standing in a normal city street amid a moderate amount of inconvenience, it was a dirty nuclear bomb.
The Explanation: Here is the primary difference: Nuclear bombs have, in the past 70 years, killed hundreds of thousands of people. Dirty nuclear bombs have, in all of human... READ ON
Before utensils, everything was finger food. Here's how some of our common eating tools wound up on our placemats.... READ ON
No matter what you think of him, Napoleon certainly did a number on this world. And whether it's as the savior of revolutionary France or the scourge of Western civilization, his name keeps on keeping on. Of course, not everything "NapolÃ©on" adds luster to his legacy. Here are a few examples to prove it.
1. His Son: Napoleon II
Sadly, NapolÃ©on FranÃ§ois Joseph Charles Bonaparte (aka NapolÃ©on II, or, as we like to call him, "the Deuce"), never had a chance to... READ ON
This week, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges, which complicates his bid for reelection next week. But as this list of crooked leaders proves, power and corruption are old friends.
1. Good Ol' Boss... READ ON
The Dilemma: You don't want to look like an idiot on Antiques Roadshow.
People You Can Impress: architecture buffs, art collectors, absinthe addicts, and flappers
The Quick Trick: It all comes down to "flowery" vs. "streamlined." Art Nouveau is the decorative one. Art Deco is sleeker.
The... READ ON
The wreckage of Steve Fossett's plane was located last month, but it's still too early to say with absolute certainty that Fossett's body has been found. (Partial remains are currently undergoing DNA analysis.) Here are five bodies we still haven't stumbled across, even after all these years.
1. Ambrose Bierce... READ ON
Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.