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February 28, 2009
Look at Martha Washington: Less First Frump, More Foxy Lady
A handful of historians are seeking to revamp the former first lady's
fusty image, using the few surviving records of things she wrote, asking
forensic anthropologists to do a computerized age-regression portrait
of her in her mid-20s and, perhaps most importantly, displaying for the
first time in decades the avant-garde deep purple silk high heels studded
with silver sequins that she wore on her wedding day.
February 27, 2009
Most Tragic Love Stories in History
Though Shakespeare's plays are littered with doomed lovers — unrequited
passion and death makes for good reading, apparently — couples equally
as star-crossed can be found in the world's history books.
February 26, 2009
Insanely Useful Web Tools You Never Knew You Needed
There are so many tools available on the Internet, it’s difficult
to keep up with them all, and some are just downright silly while others
make life much easier. This list highlights 100 web tools that fall into
the latter, more useful category and help you with some aspect of your
life, whether it’s managing your time, more efficiently surfing
the web, or planning a perfect vacation.
February 25, 2009
Who Live in Glass Houses
It's not all sunshine: faded furniture, nosy neighbors, and baking heat
are among the gripes
February 24, 2009
A whole city - lost? See photos.
February 23, 2009
One-liners of comedy from the late-night TV shows. Thia collection covers
several shows from 1999 through 2009.
February 22, 2009
Ways to Use Tea
This good-for-you item does more than brew up a good beverage. See what
else tea is capable of!
February 21, 2009
stories behind 20 Muppet characters
Like a lot of people, I grew up on Sesame Street and the Muppets. But
did you ever stop to wonder where they came from?
February 20, 2009
Mary | Mother of God
One subtle but important difference between the Christian west and the
Christian east concerns the way in which the Virgin Mary is conceived
(in more than one sense) and depicted. (a review of Mother
of God: A History of the Virgin Mary
by Miri Rubin.)
February 19, 2009
Fixes for High-Tech Problems
Finding tips and tricks for fixing misbehaving gadgets with supplies as
simple as paper and adhesive tape.
February 18, 2009
Wrecks: when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong (Photos)
Cake Wrecks is a blog that
collects examples of really bad professional cakes. Jen, who runs the
blog, explains the concept as follows: "A Cake Wreck is any cake
that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it.
A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find
funny, for any of a number of reasons".
February 17, 2009
10 Incredible Treasure Troves
Throughout history there have been some incredible treasures found. This
is a list of the ten most amazing treasure troves.
February 16, 2009
Internet is made of kittens
The Internet pumps out new adorable cat videos every day, many of them
comic gems that rack up millions of viewers, their sheer simplicity and
nuclear cuteness enough to make serious filmmakers soil themselves with
envy and futility.
February 15, 2009
Genius Born or Can It Be Learned?
Is it possible to cultivate genius? Could we somehow structure our educational
and social life to produce more Einsteins and Mozarts — or, more
urgently these days, another Adam Smith or John Maynard Keynes?
February 14, 2009
Rich People Worship Dogs
Why do individuals with unlimited means for developing their lives long
for the companionship of canines?
February 13, 2009
Romantic love songs to break your heart ...
(links to Amazon downloads & previews)
Was Born To Love You
~ Freddie Mercury
Old With Me
~ John Lennon
Vie En Rose
~ Edith Piaf
Have To Say I Love You In A Song
~ Jim Croce
I Love You So
~ Don McLean
~ Eric Clapton
I Told You Lately That I Love You
~ Rod Stewart
Are So Beautiful To Me
~ Joe Cocker
~ Kenny Rogers
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
~ Roberta Flack
~ Eva Cassidy
~ Elvis Presley
Eyes Adored You
~ Frankie Valli
~ The Association
My Breath Away
February 12, 2009
honor of Valentine's day: The kiss
Valentine's Day Collection
February 11, 2009
Horrific Serial Killers (Who Are Free Right Now)
Due to some legal loopholes and a system that's surprisingly forgiving
of mass murderers, some true monsters have been cranked out onto the street.
So the next time you go shopping, you may want to keep an eye out for...
February 10, 2009
Kindle 2 Isn't a Big Step Forward For Voracious Readers
Should I wait for Kindle 3, then?
February 9, 2009
The Hungarians have a saying that their history was written by their enemies.
This is justified given that the official version of Hungarian history
which is still being propagated today is in fact the product of centuries
of foreign rule during which the occupying powers and their puppet regimes
took care to fabricate a "Hungarian history" which suited their
objectives: to present a distorted and unfavourable image of the Hungarians,
in order to weaken their national identity and self-consciousness.
February 8, 2009
The year that Europe froze
People across Europe awoke on 6 January 1709 to find the temperature had
plummeted. A three-week freeze was followed by a brief thaw - and then
the mercury plunged again and stayed there. From Scandinavia in the north
to Italy in the south, and from Russia in the east to the west coast of
France, everything turned to ice. The sea froze. Lakes and rivers froze,
and the soil froze to a depth of a metre or more. Livestock died from
cold in their barns, chicken's combs froze and fell off, trees exploded
and travellers froze to death on the roads. It was the coldest winter
in 500 years.
February 7, 2009
Sites To Watch TV On Your Computer Over The Internet
Most people don’t realize that there are now enough options available
online so that you can permanently trash your cable TV subscription and
still have access to some of the best entertainment video content available.
The only prerequisite is that you have an excellent broadband connection
and a computer or laptop.
February 6, 2009
10 Bizarre Traditions
Most of these traditions are now a part of history (and in most cases
that is a good thing) and most are considered barbaric or evil. Yet some
of them have only stopped recently. This is the list of the top 10 bizarre
traditions that are now mostly lost to mankind. Warning: Contains adult
February 5, 2009
A little time-wasting fun:
Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas,
original design by Stamen
Press any key to change color.
Match three or more bubbles of the same color to make them disappear.
February 4, 2009
Frank Lloyd Wright legacy: an expensive taste in buildings
Frank Lloyd Wright, his life famously dogged by tragedy and scandal, has
left a troubled legacy. Everyone agrees his buildings are wonderful. The
problem is, they will keep falling apart.
Renowned home in Glencoe: $1.5 million; Bringing back original design:
$2.5million; Chicagoan’s bid to save art history: Priceless
Developers were salivating over the William A. Glasner home when it went
onthe market in 2003. Nearly 100 years old, the home was an ideal teardowncandidate,
preservationists feared. At the time, some worried it would be thefirst
Wright-designed home in 30 years to be razed.
Lloyd Wright - a set on Flickr
Nice photos & insightful commentary
February 3, 2009
Vie En Rose
A clever, humorous use of my all-time favorite song in a Lotto ad.
February 2, 2009
10 Things Launched Into Space in 2008
things your great grandchildren won't remember
Top 11 Most Depressing Songs of All Time
Top 10 Most Notorious Celebrity Parents Of 2008
February 1, 2009
Most Extravagant Dinner Parties in History
you can go TOO far in your quest to impress friends and neighbors. Read
ten examples of hosts that got caught up in the excitement of party planning
and may have suffered just a touch of remorse the next morning.