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March 31, 2009
The Vegetable Garden at Monticello
3rd U.S. president Thomas Jefferson, grew 250 varieties of more than 70 different species of vegetables, precisely recording the details of their growth.
March 30, 2009
How marshmallow Peeps are made
For generations, little marshmallow Peeps have been a staple of children's Easter baskets across America. Find out what goes into making the little guys.
March 29, 2009
Relax, it's just foie gras
Animal activists have denounced the delicacy as torture. But as a new book explains, the truth is not as simple -- or as sensational -- as they'd like you to believe.
March 28, 2009
The dark side of Pink Floyd
It’s rock music’s most complicated saga, involving ego wars, madness and death. Robert Sandall explains why nothing — not even $250m — can put the pieces of Pink Floyd together again.
March 27, 2009
In Pictures: The Many Careers Of Barbie
There's more to Barbie than really awesome hair. Over 50 years, she's held 108 jobs, from astronaut to Olympian.
March 26, 2009
The Makers of Things - The Brooklyn Bridge
In the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Bridge was built with no power tools, no heavy machinery, and only a basic, evolving understanding of how to make steel.
March 25, 2009
Vitamin D a missing link in too many diets
Blood levels of vitamin D in Americans have plunged in recent years, researchers say -- probably because people spend more time indoors, get too little sun and use a lot of high-protection sunscreen.
March 24, 2009
Top 50 Most Bizarre Mugshots
A picture collection of top 50 most bizarre mug shots ever taken. With the first 20 going overboard!
March 23, 2009
Many bird populations in trouble, report says
Bird populations native to several areas of the globe are in decline, with some teetering on the brink of extinction, according to a multi-agency report.
Also: US birds: still in major trouble
March 22, 2009
1,000 Songs Your Must Hear
at MetaFilter about
list of "can't miss" songs and outraged suggestions of those that are missing from each category.
March 21, 2009
World's Worst Cultural Mistakes
Don’t let blowing your nose or taking off your shoes land you in hot water when you travel.
March 20, 2009
Vernal Equinox 2009: Facts on the First Day of Spring
In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially begins at 7:44 a.m. ET on Friday, March 20, 2009—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox.
March 19, 2009
They're trying to take over, I tell ya! If you have a yard, some animal is going to come over and play.
March 18, 2009
Your $32 million takes a village in England
The village of Linkenholt's 21 cottages, grand manor house, lush green cricket pitch and accompanying pavilion are part of an estate that also encompasses 1,500 acres of farmland and another 425 acres of woods.
March 17, 2009
50 Nifty Tricks for Big DIY Savings
Tip your cap to all your penny-pinching kin and read on for the best why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas for shrinking your household expenses.
March 16, 2009
10 Literary one-hit wonders
Authors for whom one novel proved quite enough.
March 15, 2009
Basic tips and tricks to get the entire house sparkling, from quick cleaning strategies to supplies to stock.
March 14, 2009
Waffles. Yummy. One late Sunday morning your souls starts yearning for a warm waffle. So you decide to make a few yourself. No need to worry, it's easy. All you need is a waffle recipe and a few ingredients.
March 13, 2009
How Stem Cells Work
Inside an embryo no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence are dozens of stem cells. Initially, these cells are blank slates, meaning that their fate is undecided. But they have great potential.
March 12, 2009
of last Chinese eunuch reveals a tumultuous life
Castrated at 8, Sun Yaoting hoped for an imperial life of riches. Instead,
he experienced palace intrigue, war, revolution, scorn and, finally, recognition.
March 11, 2009
survivors in Russian Czar family murders
Neither Anastasia nor the czar's other children found a fairy tale ending.
March 10, 2009
Starting in 2007, daylight time begins in the United States on the second
Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
March 9, 2009
Travelers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, travel was difficult for
women. It was physically arduous, dangerous, and prohibitively expensive.
Bad (or non-existent) roads, uncomfortable modes of travel, vermin-infested
inns, and possible attacks by highwaymen were some of the obstacles women
March 8, 2009
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took on micro-blogging service Twitter during
his "Old Man Stewart Shakes His Fist at …" segment.
Then, Twitter CEO Ev Williams on Charlie Rose, trying
to answer all our questions.
March 7, 2009
All things heinous,
trashy, and hilarious in weddings!
Ugly dresses, hideous cakes and lots of white trash.
March 6, 2009
Unsolved scientific puzzles
Author Michael Brooks has investigated some of the most puzzling anomalies
of modern science, those intractable problems that refuse to conform to
the theories. Here he counts down the 13 strangest.
March 5, 2009
Hutterites are a communal branch of Anabaptists who, like the Amish and
Mennonites, trace their roots to the Radical Reformation of the 16th century.
Nearly extinct by the 18th and 19th century, the Hutterites found a new
home in North America. Over 125 years their population grew from 400 to
The Hutterites by Colin
The followers of religious leader Jacob Hutter live in farm communities,
devoutly holding to the rules their founder laid down four centuries ago.
Through the kindness of a Hutterite colony in Alberta, this film, in black
and white, was made inside the community and shows all aspects of the
Hutterites' daily life.
March 4, 2009
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert both illegitimate?
A new look at the genetics of Great Britain's royal family.
March 3, 2009
things in small packages
A guide to dim sum: Literally meaning "touch the heart," dim
sum is the original small-plates cuisine, a series of dumplings and other
steamed or fried items - served on small dishes or in bamboo steamers
- that are inextricably tied to the experience of "yumcha,"
or drinking tea. It's a tradition believed to have started more than a
century ago in the province of Canton, when teahouses began serving little
steamed delicacies or snacks to go along with their selections of tea.
(to eat dim sum in Chicago's Chinatown is one of the
things on my list of 100
Things to do Before I Die)
March 2, 2009
Easter Eggs: Idiot's Guide
Duuuuh! When hiding eggs you should never hide the eggs in a toilet, car
exhaust, in a microwave, the washer or dryer, in the fireplace, in the
fish tank, in the raw egg carton in the refrigerator, animal bowls, in
a litter box, under ground, on an ant hill or in the crawl-space.
March 1, 2009
Interesting info: What day were you conceived? How many seconds have you
been alive? What else happened in the year of your birth?