In 2010, Archie Andrews got his first openly gay friend, when Kevin Keller came to Riverdale. The move was one of many the company took to keep "Archie" fresh and relevant. In fact, his debut in Veronica No. 202 was so popular that it became the first comic book the company had ever reprinted. Kevin also has an important role in the grown-up "...Read more
When Sir Walter Raleigh introduced tobacco into England in the early 1600s, King James I wrote a booklet arguing against its use. The early example of attempted government regulation of smoking failed.
Moths - at least in the form we know them - are not responsible for damaging woolen clothing. Our wearables are attacked only by moths in the larval state, and then only by one family of moths, the Tineidae.
During the 1920s, Felix enjoyed sudden, enormous popularity in international popular culture. He got his own comic strip (drawn by Otto Messmer), and his image soon adorned all sorts of merchandise. Jazz singers such as Paul Whiteman sang about him. Nevertheless, the success was short-lived. The arrival of talking cartoons, particularly those of...Read more
Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The queen bee lays nearly 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. The drone, whose only job it is to mate with the queen bee, has a lifespan of around 24 days and has no stinger. Worker bees -- all sterile females -- usually work themselves to death within 40 days, collecting pollen and...Read more
A lot of people hate it when you make the bubbles in your synovial fluid either get created or collapse. This is the most likely cause for the sound produced when you crack your knuckles, although there are other theories. If you're hoping the knuckle crackers get arthritis, there is no evidence this will happen. In fact, Donald Unger won an Ig ...Read more
The sources that T.H. White drew upon to create his version of the Arthurian legend tell a somewhat different tale of Merlin and his origins. Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote a "History of the Kings of Britain" in the 12th century. In his tome, Merlin first appears as an advisor to the 5th century British king, Vortigern. Vortigern's son, Ambrose, and...Read more
In January 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Grand Canyon stamp. However, the photo used was a reverse image, giving a mirror image of a view from the South Rim. The previous year, the Postal Service mistakenly labeled the Grand Canyon as a Colorado landmark on 100 million stamps. Those stamps were destroyed. A trade paper estimated the ...Read more
Charlie's TripsJack Felson
A futuristic and absurd version of The Wizard of OZ: a freak tornado snatches up a Midwesterner teenage soldier, who's hurled into space-time and ends up 21 years later, on the West Coast. He's found on a beach, alive but unconscious. As he emerges from a 3-day coma, he...
Scientists at the Berkeley campus of the University of California have discovered how geckos can walk up walls and across ceilings - they use atomic energy. Not like what's in a nuclear reactor but something called van der Waal forces, the weak forces of mutual attraction between molecules. The trick, the researchers say, is in the millions of ...Read more
As the game is played, each player character (PC) grows and changes as they gain experience. To represent this, PCs are awarded an appropriate number of experience points (XP) when they defeat an enemy or accomplish a difficult task. Attaining a certain number of experience points allows a PC to advance a level, granting the character enhanced ...Read more
We'll bet you've always wanted to visit the Ecuadorian province called the Columbus Archipelago or, in Spanish, the Archipelago de Colon. You know it as the Galapagos. Although some think the Inca had been there, the first person known to have visited was Bishop Tomas de Berlanga, who was on his way Panama to Peru in 1535. He didn't like the ...Read more
In 1819, not one of the seven sons and five daughters of England's reigning grandfather, King George III, had a single legitimate child who could inherit the empire's throne.
According to the U.S. Defense department, the Pentagon's many libraries support personnel in research and completion of their work. The Army Library alone provides 300,000 publications and 1,700 periodicals in various languages.
The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.
During his heyday, John Quincy Adams was nicknamed "Old Man Eloquent."
Kids these days have it so easy when it comes to disseminating paranoia. Put it on the web and away you go. But back in my day, you had to work hard if you had crazy ideas. Take Jack Chick. He became an ironic cult figure for his homemade evangelical comic books, which tub-thumped against everything from rock music to "Dungeons & Dragons" to the...Read more
In the history of the solar system, 30 billion comets have been lost or destroyed. That amounts to only 30 percent of the estimated number that remain.
Isaac Asimov wrote more than 500 books during his lifetime (1920-1992). He has the honor of being the only person who has authored a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System classifications.
Henry Cavendish, one of the great scientists of the 1700s, was painfully shy and could barely speak to one person – never to two. He was so timid in the presence of women that he communicated with his female servants by notes only. If one crossed his path in his house, she was fired on the spot. He built a separate entrance to the house so ...Read more
Mechanical clocks were invented in the late Middle Ages. The length of an hour had varied prior to that, depending on the time of year.