Last month, President Barack Obama signed a chemical bill that was meant to solve a problem few people knew they had. That problem was the substandard safety of everyday chemicals - an issue that affects anyone who uses household cleaners, has a couch or wears clothing. In a month filled with dramatic political news, this seemingly small legislative achievement received little media attention.
Morton Salt was founded in 1848, originally selling salt, but it morphed into a salt manufacturer in 1910. Its logo and slogan, developed shortly thereafter, are a little strange for a salt company, though. The slogan, "when it rains, it pours," seems like a bad thing – rain isn't the most pleasant of weather and a downpour is even worse. The logo doesn't help: it depicts a girl in yellow, holding an umbrella that is shielding her from the rain – but she's spilling the salt she is carrying under her left arm.
Is zero odd or even? Find out how India drove around the problem on this episode of Now I Know. Zero is an even number. Let’s get that out of the way. But if that gave you pause, you’re not alone – it can be a little hard to internalize. That’s why Wikipedia has a surprisingly long entry discussing the subject and why, according to a study from the 1990s (as explained by the BBC), “people are 10% slower at deciding whether zero is odd or even than other numbers.”
On January 5, 2010, Irish authorities descended upon the home of an electrician who, just a couple of days earlier, had traveled from his native Slovakia back to his adopted home of Ireland. Acting on a tip from the Slovak authorities, the Irish police believed that the man – whose name was never released to the press – had recently smuggled explosives into Ireland. Specifically, the man was believed to have transported an explosive called RDX in his luggage during his January 2nd flight.
Imagine if mobile phone service was sold like solar energy. From an operator’s perspective, it would have made great sense to try to sell customers 10 years of phone calls in advance, so as to quickly earn back the money invested in building cell towers. But the person who suggested such a strategy would have been fired immediately.
No one had ever launched, landed and re-launched a rocket into space until Blue Origin’s historic achievement—a feat essential to the future of space exploration.
No Hope is for disaffected conservatives and moderates as well as liberals who are fed up with the political party system. Forty-three percent of Americans now identify as Independents. Many of them are right of center and used to be Republicans.
What scandal nearly cost President Grover Cleveland the election? Get the inside story on this episode of Now I Know. The Presidency of Grover Cleveland is already unique for the well-known reason that his two terms were not consecutive. Cleveland won the 1884 Presidential election by a narrow margin – less than a half a percent of the popular vote – and took the Presidency.
At the onset of the Great Depression, a time when financially distressed Americans eagerly sought entertaining escapes from their economic woes, a radio program based in 19th-century stage traditions of blackface minstrelsy became a favorite broadcast over the country’s airwaves.
The hotel sparkled then, its 19 stories leaning against a sky made gray and gritty by furnaces to the north and east. Birmingham, Alabama's Thomas Jefferson Hotel opened in 1929 with a week of parties, dinners and dances - and the stock market crash that happened just weeks after the opening had seemingly no effect on the luxury hotel. Prohibition was no deterrent, either; bellboys sold smuggled liquor from the local police station to hotel guests.
Only one species of penguin currently waddles along Australia’s southern coast, a semiaquatic bird that is the smallest of all its family and so tiny that it’s commonly known as the little or fairy penguin. But in the deep past a greater variety of much more imposing birds populated this coast. Now, thanks to the fossil record, paleontologists have discovered that Australia was a refuge for penguin giants.
Federal agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear war .
My grandmother used to light a candle to worship him, even though her idol had been an atheist throughout his life. The memory still dances in quivering light: When I was a child in the late '70s in Havana, during the never-ending blackouts, I was terrified by the shadows on his face.
Is the great African-American music of the rural South really dying? A rollicking visit to a Memphis blues festival strikes a surprising chord.
The origins of some last names are pretty self-explanatory, whether it's Baker, Shepherd or even Rotten.
Slow as molasses isn’t just a saying — the byproduct of sugar production is usually sticky and viscous, even at room temperature. So historians and scientists have long been stumped by Boston's 1919 Great Molasses Flood.
Christmas is still a month away, but many athletes around the world woke up this week to discover a special present: an Olympic medal.
If Jens Bircherod knew why he was suddenly in the papers 300 years after his death, the Danish bishop would likely be a bit red in the face.
Most of the attention around the sinking of the Titanic goes to the people who died and the engineering flaws that doomed the ship.
President Barack Obama pardoned his fourth turkey today, in what many believe is a Thanksgiving tradition dating back to 1947, when President Harry Truman, standing outside the White House, was presented with a holiday bird by the National Turkey Federation.