Why Tipping Is Stupid and We Should All Quit It

Jan 13, 2015 By Abraham 0

Adding a tip to your restaurant bill so that your server gets paid a fair amount for their work is a dumb custom. There is an increasing but very slow trend away from it as restaurants here and there decide to pay their employees a fair wage and then decline tips from customers.

Unfortunately, this is still far from being the norm, but here’s why it should be…

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Artist Meticulously Re-creates Old Photos of Her Ancestors, Posing as If She’s Them

Dec 30, 2014 By Abraham 0

This is Christine McConnell

Reproducing Ancestor's Photos - Christine McConnell - 06

She is a remarkably creative artist and photographer. In her most recent project, she painstakingly reproduced past photographs of the women in her family on her mother’s side, with one major difference — she was the subject of the photo.

She then placed the two images side-by-side to create a sort of “before-and-after” of the women in her family.

She started with her great-great-great grandmother Martha who was born in 1821…

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21 Weird Questions Real People Asked Librarians Back Before Google Was a Thing

Dec 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved  — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.

The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)

That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940′s and onward.

Here are some of the best.

How long do abandoned women live?


What is the U.S. population…of neurotic people?


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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Was Meant to Be Sad, so It’s Perfect in a Minor Key

Dec 9, 2014 By Abraham 0

It’s obvious watching Judy Garland sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis that it is a very sad song, so much so that the wish in the title almost seems ironic. But even for this melancholy performance, Garland deemed the original lyrics too depressing and she asked the songwriter Hugh Martin to edit them.

For instance, the lines you know as…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

…were originally…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past.

Then in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wanted to record it, he asked Martin to edit it again to make it still less depressing, explaining to the songwriter that his new album was titled “A Jolly Christmas,” so the songs needed to be…jolly.

Thus the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” had to go, to be replaced by the more benign, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”

And that’s how we came to the lyrics we know most commonly nowadays.

Despite the bastardizing “jollification,” the song still maintains its original heavy-heartedness, which is why this new version by Chase Holfelder, in which he transposes the music from a major to a minor key, makes so much sense…

Watch 100 Years of Hair and Makeup Styles in 1 Minute

Dec 5, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

With each era, our definition of what it means to be beautiful changes. (Consider the crimped hair and pastel eyeshadow of the 80s…and shudder to yourself.) But usually it changes slowly enough that we don’t think too much about it.

But not in this video. Here’s what being beautiful has meant for the past 100 years condensed into 1 minute…

When Britain Tested LSD on Their Soldiers the Results Were Decisive…and Hilarious

Nov 26, 2014 By Abraham 0

In 1964, wanting to find more non-lethal ways to incapacitate enemies, the British military thought perhaps getting them high would work. So they decided to test this by secretly giving a number of their own marines LSD and then sending them out to perform a mock battle.

Would LSD Incapacitate the Marines?

It didn’t take long for them to get their answer…

College Kids Give Stunningly Bad Answers to Questions Like, “Who Won the Civil War?”

Nov 13, 2014 By Joey 11

There’s no better way for a new student organization to make a splash on campus than to make a video that shows their own student body’s incompetence, and then watch it go viral for the whole world to see.

That’s what a new non-partisan political organization called PoliTech did on the campus of Texas Tech University, asking fellow students to answer simple questions about U.S. history, current affairs, and — of course — pop culture.

You can probably guess how well most students did in each category…

Of course, the video has created enormous controversy on campus at Texas Tech. People like political science professor Mark McKenzie say it represents a typical student. Others, especially students, are outraged at the potential impact the video could have on Texas Tech’s reputation.

Some of the World’s Most Iconic Landmarks…Under Construction

Nov 11, 2014 By Joey 0

Icons like the Gateway Arch and Sydney Opera House have been around so long and are so ingrained in our collective psyche that it’s easy to forget how new they are to our cultural landscape.

These photos remind us that it wasn’t so long ago that these iconic structures were only dreams that were still in the process of being realized…

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Landmarks Under Construction 1

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Landmarks Under Construction 2

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This Kid Found a Valuable Ancient Artifact and Did WHAT with It?

Nov 6, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

When 10-year old Noah Cordle cut his foot on a sharp object while boogie boarding on the Jersey shore, he thought a crab had pinched him. When he looked a little closer, he saw that the offending object was actually an arrowhead. Cool, huh?


It gets cooler — the arrowhead is actually a rare Clovis point estimated to be 14,000 years old.

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Ever Wonder If You’d Be Friends With Your Parents If You Were the Same Age?

Nov 4, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

Danielle Delph, an art director, always thought she and her mom would be great friends if they had grown up together. So she put her photo editing skills to the test by photoshopping herself seamlessly into a series of vintage pics of her mother. She titled her work, “If I Had Known My Mother Back Then.


Delph says she had always wondered if she and her mom would’ve gotten along if they had been the same age…

I think it’s one of those ideas that people have at any point in life. You grow up and you say, “Oh, I wonder if my mom would have thought that was fun,” or “What was she like when she was my age? What would she have done?”


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