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On this day in black history: Toni Morrison is born, first all-black Broadway musical debuts, Shani Davis wins gold and more

Black History Month: The Undefeated edition Feb. 18<p><b>1688 — First formal protest against slavery by a religious group in the English colonies</b><br>Four …

21 Movies You Need To Watch During Black History Month

A few modern classics that will make you laugh, cry, and feel black AF.

The year in African American poetry, 2016

Over the past year, I documented news items and publications concerning African American poetry. Here's a partial list of developments that I</b> …

The secret history of black Santas

<b>America's biggest shopping mall grabbed headlines this week by hiring its first African-American Father Christmas. But black Santas have been around for a lot longer than you might think - and even played a role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.</b><p>"Everything that Santa represents has to be …

10 Must-Listen True Crime Podcasts

True crime has been a compelling feature of television for decades (<i>Forensic Files</i> and <i>Dateline</i>, anyone?), and now, it's hard to remember a time when …

Crime

15 Twisted Facts About Rubik's Cube

Call the six-sided Rubik’s Cube puzzle a “toy” at your own risk: Ernő Rubik, the Hungarian who invented it in 1974, prefers to think of it as a piece …

Black Man's Letter to His Passive-Aggressive White Neighbors Goes Viral

<i>Editor’s note: This post contains a social media message that some may find offensive.</i><p>I pity anyone who has to deal with neighbors in an apartment …

ACLU

Nat Turner and the Forgotten Women Who Resisted Slavery

The 1831 slave rebellion that is the inspiration for the new movie <i>The Birth of a Nation</i> is commonly known as Nat Turner’s Rebellion, after the …

Black History

11 African American Inventors Who Changed the World

Dr. Shirley Jackson speaks at a conference in 2011.<p>Dr. Shirley Jackson speaks at a conference in 2011.<p>Can you imagine life without blood banks, …

Black History

99 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

<b>1.</b> In 1939, Hitler's nephew wrote an article called "Why I Hate My Uncle." He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.<p><b>2.</b> …

10 Famous Birthdays to Celebrate in October

Some of our favorite historical figures—including six U.S. presidents—were born in the month of October. We couldn't possibly name them all, but here …

George Harrison

See 9 Striking Historical Photos of African American Women

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Catches Fire (Mar. 25, 1911)<p><b>By Michele Anderson</b><p>The Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s fire resulted in the tragic loss of …

Black History

Animals That Changed History

The following article is from the book <i>Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids</i>.<p><b>FLEAS AND RATS</b><p><b>Impact:</b> Plagues, ending the Middle Ages<p>From …

Wildlife

How Slavery Built Texas

If you grew up in Texas, you were probably taught about how we fought for independence from Mexico – and later traded sovereignty for U.S. statehood. …

How 5 Popular Candy Bars Got Their Names

<b>by James Hunt</b><p>If you've ever eaten a chocolate bar, it's safe to say you've probably eaten one of the ones on the list below. The biggest chocolate …

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died

Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.<p>His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died Saturday. He had …

12 Fresh-Baked Facts About Entenmann's

You know the blue-and-white packaging and that elegant cursive logo. And there's a good chance you know just where to find all those Honey Buns, …

How 7 Famous Movie Special Effects Sequences Were Created

The movie industry has always pushed the limits of technology to create those incredible visual effects we see on the big screen. Specially designed …

The Origins of 25 Fall Traditions

If your fall bucket list includes carving jack-o’-lanterns, sipping apple cider, and toasting s’mores over a bonfire, you’re in good company. But …

Macy's

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Each of the photos in Capt. William A. Prickitt's album could fit in a locket: headshots of 17 black soldiers who served under the Union Army officer during the Civil War, most of their names handwritten on the mat surrounding the images.<p>At just 2 inches tall, the square, leather-bound album itself …

Black History

No One Wants to Spend Time With Kirk in a Deleted Scene From Star Trek Beyond

At the start of <i>Star Trek Beyond</i>, it’s clear that Kirk is tired of being on the <i>Enterprise</i>. In this deleted scene, the crew of the <i>Enterprise</i> seems to …

Who wore it best? We rank the Starfleet uniforms in Star Trek

“The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before”<p>The uniforms in these two early episodes stuck with gold, blue, and beige as the main colors for their …

Science Fiction

11 things you didn't know about 'NCIS'

"NCIS," the No. 1 drama on television, will return for its 14th season on Sept. 20 on CBS. Longtime cast members Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray and David McCallum will be joined by newcomers Wilmer Valderrama, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito, as the show moves off following the …

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This Company Says Astrology Could Determine Your Pooping Habits

As if you didn't already think astrology was a bunch of crap.<p>A plumbing company is suggesting that the stars may have a big impact on what happens where the sun don’t shine.<p>Mr. Rooter Plumbing created an infographic to flush out how a person’s zodiac sign poo-portedly influences their bathroom …

How the Band-Aid Was Invented

Johnson & Johnson has made an estimated 100 billion Band-Aids since their invention in 1920. But what led to this invention? It took a little …

History of Black Women Wearing Hats at Church | Synonym

Couple reading Bible in church<p>A deeply rooted tradition in the African American community, wearing flamboyant hats to church has both spiritual and …

26 of the best (ever) DIY tips!

DIY home improvement is fantastic because anybody, with any skill set, can have a go and there will be one or two projects that work wonderfully …

DIY