A Civilian's Guide To The U.S. Military

We Americans love a lot of things about ourselves, and perhaps nothing more so than our military. Like many things about the U.S., it’s bigger than its international equivalents, with a budget that is larger than the next eight largest military budgets in the world combined. It has a footprint in all 50 states, most… »5/21/15 3:24pm5/21/15 3:24pm


A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. »3/27/15 5:17pm3/27/15 5:17pm

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Gallery: Greasy Naval Cadets Try To Climb A Lard-Covered Monument

[Each year the freshman class at the Naval Academy, known as 'Plebes,' climb the lard covered Herndon Monument at the Naval Academy to retrieve the Plebian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat. Above, freshmen make a human wall to climb the monument on May 19, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland. The tradition… »5/22/14 3:41pm5/22/14 3:41pm

The Carrier Classic Is Back, And It's Still Gorgeous

It's the second year for the Carrier Classic, the season tip-off played on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Tonight, the Notre Dame and Ohio State women play first on the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor, with the Marquette and OSU men to follow. One day, if they keep doing this, it's going to get old. It's going to… »11/09/12 6:35pm11/09/12 6:35pm