We're thrilled to welcome a special guest blogger, the author of Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It. He'll be sharing tales from his book with us this week. Put your hands together for Mike... READ ON
by Brian Gottesman
There are few areas of learning and scholarship that haven't been touched by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727). And while you've probably heard some of the colorful stories (that he served in Parliament, but never spoke a word except to ask that a window be closed, he may have invented the cat flap, etc.), here are a few things you probably didn't know about the founder of modern science.
1. He didn't play well with... READ ON
by "¨Kevin Mattson
On July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people about the nation's crisis of confidence. Kevin Mattson's latest book, What the Heck Are You up to, Mr. President?, re-examines the address that defined—and perhaps doomed—Carter's presidency. Here are a few things you might not remember about the speech.
1. Carter Never Used the Word... READ ON
James Kakalios is a comic book aficionado. As a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, he's been teaching the very popular course "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned From Reading Comic Books" since 1988. Today we're excited to publish this excerpt from the new second edition of his book, The Physics of Superheroes. Enjoy!
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By Erika Janik
Forget the juice; we're talking about the hard stuff. Here are 11 facts everyone should know about good old-fashioned apple cider.
1. Back in the 14th century, it is believed that kids were baptized in cider since it was often more sanitary than water.
2. An apple beverage a day? President John Adams drank a tankard of cider every morning because he believed it promoted good health. And it must have—Adams lived to 90, making him our third longest living president, behind Ford... READ ON
by Alvin Ward
Disneyland may be the Happiest Place on Earth, but don't think that means you can just waltz in and do whatever you want. In fact, Mickey Mouse's theme parks have banned quite a few things over the years. Here are just a few of the things on which the Mouse has dropped his hammer.
1. Long Hair
Until the late 1960s, men could either have flowing locks or enjoy Adventureland, but they definitely couldn't do both. According to Snopes, if a long-haired fellow tried... READ ON
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Ed. Note: Todays' guest blog star (and our good friend) Dr. Michael Reed knows hair care. The Manhattan-based dermatologist and hair loss expert has devoted his life to helping folks keep the locks on their heads. He's even got a new book out on the topic: Women's Hair Loss: The Hidden Epidemic. Today, Dr. Mike's taking us through the ten craziest uses for discarded locks.
1. Make History! (or at least a weird representation of... READ ON
In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.