Rob's August Review

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Who started Labor Day? The bloody and confusing history of an American holiday.

The act making Labor Day a federal holiday spared few words when it was signed into law on June 28, 1894. Above the scripted signatures of President Grover Cleveland, the speaker of the House and the vice president, the 83-word law declared that the first Monday of September be “the day celebrated …

Grover Cleveland

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett All Use This Ancient Philosophy to Build Wealth

Figuring out what matters to you most may be the most important decision you can make.<p>Granted, philosophy may not sound like the most exciting subject to learn about in this day and age--how could the thoughts and opinions of ancient Greek philosophers of 300 BC, and dazzling minds such as Cicero, …

How Princess Diana's Humanitarian Causes Have Fared, 20 Years On

The extraordinary life of Diana, Princess of Wales, not only humanized the British monarchy, but captured the world's attention. And she harnessed …

Monterey Auctions: 4 days, $300 million, the top 100 cars

To put it in context, we don't need to go back too far. Just over a decade ago, $50 million in sales was a good year in Monterey. Compared to 2004, …

Archeologists decipher ancient Babylonian trigonometry tablet

It's long been accepted that the ancient Greeks were responsible for developing the mathematical concept of trigonometry, but a new discovery …

The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged a Costa Rican forest

Sixteen years after a controversial biodegradation plan allowed 1,000 truckloads of orange peels to be unloaded onto a barren, deforested area of …

Ecology

Bugatti adds buzz to Pebble Beach with first $3 million Chiron delivery

Following Europe, North America is Bugatti's second most important market and has accounted for close to 30 percent of the more than 250 Chiron …

Robot sub finds USS Indianapolis 72 years after sinking

Launched in 1931, the USS Indianapolis was one of the few warships of the US Pacific Fleet to escape destruction during the Battle of Pearl Harbor, …

Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

The hallowed Maybach marque was at its most resplendent during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, using architectural proportions to sculpt …

Oldest ice-core ever drilled dates back 2.7 million years

Scientists working in the Allen Hills region of Antarctica have drilled the oldest ice core ever. Dating back an estimated 2.7 million years, this …

How Royal Enfield became the top-selling big bike in the world

China's domestic motorcycle market has been in decline for five years as government policy has incentivized electric bicycle sales and denied …

The Royal Navy's largest-ever warship comes home for the first time

Queen Elizabeth was guided to her new berth at Princess Royal Jetty at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, that was built to receive the £3 billion …