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Amazon then and now: Looking back on the online giant 20 years ago

In 1999 Amazon was starting to become a known entity: Its CEO and founder Jeff Bezos was already a billionaire, and taking the internet by storm.<p>Of …

Jeff Bezos

Brilliant Ideas That Never Saw the Light of Day

We all have brilliant ideas that never came to fruition: smart hacks and world-changing solutions that don’t make it out of the drawing board stage. …

This Salt and Pepper Shaker Trick Is Blowing Up the Internet

Have you ever thought you added pepper to a dish, only to find out that it was clumped together in your shaker, and you actually added nothing? Have …

Here's the most educated town in every state

Different places have different levels of educational achievement.<p>The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the US population. Among many …

Bachelor's Degree

Here’s why telephones and calculators use different numeric keypads

Picture the keypad of a telephone and calculator side by side. Can you see the subtle difference between the two without resorting to your smartphone? Don’t worry if you can’t recall the design. Most of us are so used to accepting the common interfaces that we tend to overlook the calculator’s …

Creativity

After a 20 year delay, works from 1923 will finally enter the public domain tomorrow

The Pilgrim, Jacob’s Room, and Charleston are among them<p>After a twenty year hiatus, tomorrow will finally see the 95 year long copyrights of works released in 1923 expire. These 1923 films, books and songs will effectively be the first to enter the public domain in the US since 1998, and <i>Duke</i> …

Duke University

Elizabeth Warren takes big move toward 2020 presidential run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping …

Scott Brown

Barbara and George H.W. Bush: The Favorite Couple of the White House Staff

1925-2018; 1924-2018<p>Usher Chris Emery was one of the 100 permanent members of the White House residence staff whose job it was to make sure President George H.W. Bush and his wife, first lady Barbara Bush, felt at home in the most public private house in the country. During the former president‘s …

U.S. Politics

Rediscover the Gilded Age’s Most Famous Architects

<i>McKim, Mead & White, Selected Works 1879-1915</i> highlights the nation’s defining classical structures from the late 19th century.<p>The biggest murder trial of the 20th century happened in its sixth year—not its 95th, as viewers of the O.J. Simpson trial might claim. On June 5, 1906, celebrity architect …

100 Notable Books of 2018

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

29 states have minimum wages above the federal level

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has remained the same since 2009. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal level. Twenty states have minimum wage increases taking effect around the start of the new year.<p>Here's a look at states exceeding …

South Dakota

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ sales soar amid controversy, report says

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” may be getting the cold shoulder from some listeners, but the uptick in song sales and streaming show many people are still enjoying the holiday classic.<p>Sales and streaming of several versions of the Christmas song saw an increase in recent days amid controversy over its …

Frank Sinatra's woody wagon is for sale

Frank Sinatra owned a string of fabulous cars during the course of his life, but one of his last is not what you’d expect.<p>It’s a 1985 Chrysler LeBaron “Woody” Station Wagon that is rumored to be the last car Old Blue Eyes ever drove, and it’s currently up for sale through an online auction in the …

Why do we say 'God bless you' when we sneeze?

Ever since I can remember, I have always responded with a “God bless you,” when I saw someone sneeze. I was told that it was kind and proper to do so without ever understanding why I was being taught to say it. But if you ask a group, why do we say “God bless you,” you are likely to get a number of …

‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2018

It’s the job title for members of the U.S. Supreme Court, the name of a former judge’s current-affairs TV show – and one of the enduring goals of American democracy.<p>Now “justice” is also this year’s word of the year, as selected by the dictionary people at Merriam-Webster.<p>This year, the word was …

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<b>SCS = SocialCurrentSee *</b>SLIDESHOW<b>Q</b> <b>▶</b><b> What other American family had a father & son elected to the American Presidency? ©</b><b>ANSWER</b>Even though he served …

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SLIDESHOW<p>Press reports, including this one from the <b>SFChronicle</b>▶ <b>LINK</b> ▶ would indicate that CA voters approved <b>Proposition #7</b> on November 6 to permit …

Why Do Tides Happen in Oceans and Not Lakes?

You've probably heard that high tides happen when the moon's gravity pulls the ocean up and away from the Earth. But if that's true, why aren't …

Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

We like to think fish have no feelings. And yet the idea that they have both memory and a capacity for suffering is gaining ground among scientists.<p>By Carl Safina<p>I have cast my rod into the tidal current flowing around Montauk Point in New York and my lure is chugging across the surface when a …

Long-form Journalism

Why do we have daylight saving time? The 100-year history

Get the facts about springing forward and falling back, a tradition that was established in the U.S. in 1918.<p>People in the United States will feel a bit more refreshed on November 4 as daylight saving time 2018 ends. The clocks fall back at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday, ushering in three months of getting …

In 1960, about half a million teens took a test. Now it could predict whether they get Alzheimer's.

In 1960, Joan Levin, 15, took a test that turned out to be the largest survey of American teenagers ever conducted. It took two and a half days to administer, and included 440,000 students from 1,353 public, private and parochial high schools around the country - including Parkville Senior High …

Health

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How 2 Housewives Created The World's Most Popular Personality Test

Corporations eat it up, eager to turn employees into commodities. But Myers-Briggs began as a parenting tool, thanks to an unlikely mother-daughter pair.<p>If you’d asked me a few months ago if I knew who created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the world’s most popular personality assessment, I’d …

Why Does Hydrogen Peroxide Come in a Brown Bottle?

What do you get when you combine two molecules of hydrogen and two molecules of oxygen? You get H2O2, more commonly known as hydrogen peroxide. Used …

In U.S., Smoking Rate Hits New Low at 16%

The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes fell to 16% this year, the lowest rate since Gallup first asked this question in 1944.

Dr. Julius Neubronner's fantastic flying cameras

The first aerial photograph was taken in 1858 by Frenchman Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, also known by his alias Nadar, from a tethered gas balloon suspended over Paris. While the images captured on this flight have since been lost to time, there are plenty of surviving examples of aerial photographs …

This Is the Hottest Ice Cream Flavor in America Right Now

We got the scoop.<p>If you celebrate National Ice Cream Day and don’t Instagram your cone, did you really eat it? This Sunday, look no further for a …

Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

• <b>The last time a person visited the moon was in December 1972, during NASA's Apollo 17 mission.</b>• <b><br>Over the decades, NASA has planned to send people back to the moon but has yet to succeed.</b>• <b><br>Astronauts often say the biggest reasons humans haven't returned to the lunar surface are budgetary and political</b> …

The History of Cool Whip - Chowhound

In 2016, America nearly ran out of whipped cream. It was winter and the holidays were fast approaching. A fatal explosion at a chemical plant in …

Whipped Cream