America Has Always Wanted To Pretend That Sports Aren't Work

Last month, given the chance to affirm that college athletes have basic labor rights, the National Labor Review Board punted. It’s rare that a sports metaphor so perfectly crafted for lazy headline writers is so fitting, but punting—the most cowardly, spineless, and responsibility-evading decision routinely made in… »9/09/15 2:48pm9/09/15 2:48pm

The Riot And The Photo That Made Bikers Into Outlaws

Over the Fourth of July weekend in 1947, the American Motorcyclist Association Gypsy Tour rolled into the sleepy farming town of Hollister, California. By the time it rolled out, nothing would ever again be the same for motorcyclists, who the non-riding public would forever afterward see through a lens clouded with… »9/07/15 10:54am9/07/15 10:54am

What Happens When A 38-Year-Old Man Takes An AP History Test?

I never took an AP course in high school. I'm pretty sure it was because I never qualified for it (I went straight B-minuses throughout my high school career), but it was also because I went to school back when taking AP courses wasn't the dire necessity that it is for today's students. According to this article,… »3/18/15 11:42am3/18/15 11:42am

10 Famous Scientists Who Held Surprising Supernatural Beliefs

While we typically hold up scientists, especially those who have made important discoveries, as paragons of rationality, numerous scientists have had fascinations with cryptids, psychic phenomena, and other aspects of the occult. And what some of these particular people believed may surprise you. »3/04/15 1:32pm3/04/15 1:32pm

10 Things People Once Complained Would Ruin The English Language

You've probably heard that English is being ruined — by the Internet, by texting, by Americans, by young people who have no respect for proper grammar. But it turns out that people have always worried over English, and over the centuries, have accused all sorts of things of "ruining" the language. »2/06/15 1:28pm2/06/15 1:28pm

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. »12/25/14 12:03pm12/25/14 12:03pm