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Inge Lehmann, The Woman You Didn’t Know Discovered The Earth’s Core

Ashamedly, when Google presented the doodle for seismologist Inge Lehmann a month or so ago, I had no idea who she was. After doing barely any research, I instantly ...

‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now

Shakespeare coined some 314 new words by adding the prefix –Un. Today his creations fall into three categories; those still in common use (uncomfortable, untie, ...

13 Quotes From George Orwell

George Orwell is one of the most celebrated sci-fi novelists in the world, with his seminal novel 1984 serving as the baseline of paranoia-fueled dystopia. Animal ...

Hate Noise? You Might Be A Genius

Many of the world’s great thinkers have drawn a link between intellect and silence. Schopenhauer ranted in his essay: ‘On Noise’: “it paralyzes the brain, ...

‘We’ve Had Some Sex.. Um.. Setbacks” – 8 Presidential Malapropisms

The inappropriate use of a word is so much worse when you are the President. This post rounds up some of the most unintentionally hilarious gaffes made by the POTUS ...

27 Doctor Who Quotes Full of Feels

Doctor Who, the long-running British science fiction show, has spanned not only decades but generations. While the Doctor and his companions change over the years, ...

Carl Sagan’s Brilliant ‘Baloney Detection Kit’

We can be fooled or manipulated by propaganda and pseudo-science, so Sagan’s kit is a brilliantly concise hit-list of how to test ideas and distinguish truth ...

Kurt Cobain’s Idols

Now an idol to millions, Kurt Cobain’s childhood idols were stars who represented risk, danger and opposition – Evel Knieval, Iggy Pop and John Lennon. ...

10 Quotes on Death From Your Favorite Writers
May 11, 2015

Death and taxes, that’s what they say. But for many of us death is uncertain and hard to reckon with so I’ve gathered some quotes to help us all ...

15 Unforgettable Quotes from The Princess Bride

The 1987 film, The Princess Bride, has become a legendary masterpiece of sorts, with tons of quotable material. Keep these phrases on hand for an instant dose of ...

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month With 15 Eclectic Quotes

Jazz appreciation month lasts for the entirety of April, but it’s never too early for some musical reflection. Here are 15 quotes about the meaning of jazz. ...

7 Myths You Probably Believe About the Cold War

JFK’s “I am a jelly donut.” Kennedy’s famous speech in West Germany culminated with the line “Ich bin ein Berliner.” So the myth goes, this did ...

Words Of Wisdom: 17 Quotes From Mahatma Ghandi

The words of Mahatma Ghandi have been celebrated for decades. The pillar of peace had wise things to say to anyone who would listen in the years he worked hard for ...

From Laundress To Glamorous Movie Icon: 10 Joan Crawford Facts

The glamorous Joan Crawford would have turned 110 this week. She appeared in over 70 films during her 45-year movie career. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Joan ...

Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s 82 Years With Her Most Scathing Quotes
March 16, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg turned 82 years old this weekend. She’s still one of the toughest women around and sharper than a razor. Known for her scathing ...

The First Recorded Opium Addict? The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius

The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) has been used as in religious rituals, as a narcotic and medicine since the Sumerians named it Hul Gil (joy plant.) The ...

Meet Samuel Smiles – The Shut-Up-And-Get-On-With-It Victorian Self-Help Guru

The World’s first self-help book was written in the Victorian era by Samuel Smiles. His brutal, down-with-fun-shut-up-and-get-on-with-it attitude made it a ...

25 Iconic Quotes From Cinema’s Most Memorable Villains
March 4, 2015

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight stands as an iconic performance. Can Jared Leto pull off the same? The internet recently lit up with ...

Celebrate Fabio’s Birthday With 13 Quotes From his 1994 Slow Jams Album
March 3, 2015

I was going to celebrate the March 15th birthday of everyone's favorite romance cover model Fabio with a post of facts, but then I found out that he released an ...

The Brilliantly Bad Poems of James McIntyre – Poet of Cheese

James McIntyre had an unstoppable urge to write poems on the surprising topic of….cheese. His much mocked ‘cheese odes’ not only have a truly awful ...

Treat Him Mean – The Incredibly Needy Love Letters of King Henry VIII

Henry VIII’s letters to his mistress show his desperate insecurity. As the only person to ever tell him no, she had him at her beck and call. But after the chase, ...

Science, Life, Philosophy – 7 Stephen Hawking Quotes

With  The Theory of Everything nominated for five Oscars, Eddie Redmayne will become the pop culture image of Stephen Hawking. It will be easy to forget that ...

James Dean – “I try so hard to make people reject me. Why?”

His striking beauty and charm made him easy to love, but his personal demons, mood swings, silences, and tantrums made him hard to be around. “I Want To ...

15 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Grammy Speeches
February 6, 2015

This year’s Grammy nominees have quite a legacy to follow when penning their prospective speeches. Many nominees go for a humorous touch while others aim for a ...

Wise Words from Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut’s books show his satirical take on life’s wonder, coincidence, and irrationality. A lot like life, his quotes are wise, sad, uplifting, funny and ...