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The Overlooked Amendment

"Article the Second" was a single-sentence amendment written by James Madison in 1789, intended to be added to the Un...

One Small Step for a Man

During the development of the Apollo moon missions in the early 1960s, the newfangled government agency called “NASA”...

Half a Thought

The smallest denomination coin ever circulated in the United States was valued at five milles, equivalent to one 200t...

Let Us Be Joyful

Laßt Froh Uns Sein ("Let Us Be Joyful") is a short musical canon in B-flat major for six voices, written by the celeb...

It’s Not Rocket Science

One of the most dramatic surgical procedures still performed on human patients is the hemispherectomy, or the removal...

Misguided Missiles

In April 1929 in the town of Naco, Arizona, the Cristero War was raging just over the border in Mexico. Rebels in tha...

Signs and Space

Sign languages rely on the use of space (locations, motions, and handshapes) to express meaning or grammatical nuance...

During the Dark Times

In the European theater of World War 2, as early as 1943, the German Army deployed a small number of special Panther...

For Your Eyes Only

In the midst of World War II, the British Air Ministry began publicly extolling the virtues of carrot-eating. The vit...

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

Shortly after the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy summoned his press secretary...
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