Streams

 

Strange News

'Louie Louie': Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Kingsmen's 1963 version of the song was a huge hit — though no one could make out the words. Some fevered imaginations and misheard lines led to an FBI investigation into alleged obscenity.

Comment

Wilding? Ruff Ride? Dog's Road Romp On Tractor Sparks Puns

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Traffic Scotland took pains to say it was a serious event, not a joke. But that didn't stop people from putting their own spin on the story of the border collie who took control of a tractor.

Comment

Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan's attack and the media frenzy is just so American.

Comment

Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

Comments [1]

German Student Asks Government For Test Questions In Advance

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Getting ready for exams is never easy. Wouldn't it be great to have the questions in advance? One student in Germany is pinning his hopes on just that with a creative Freedom of Information request.

Comment

When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In certain places in American history, showing a little leg has been illegal — for men and women.

Comment

Man Retires, Moves, Discovers His Doppelganger

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Neil Richardson and John Jemison were strangers until they moved to the same town in Essex and found they shared an uncanny resemblance. This is how they came face to face.

Comments [1]

Pondering The Popularity Of The Pet Rock — And Other Fads

Saturday, April 04, 2015

They were all the rage for a brief, mid-'70s moment, and they turned their creator into a millionaire. What was so special about rocks in a box?

Comment

Wanted: Constable For Island Just One Fried Egg Short Of Paradise

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Britain's Isles of Scilly seeks a new constable for the world's most cushy posting. Qualifications include knowing how to deal with wandering sea pups, catching speeding golf cars and saving goldfish.

Comment

After Selma, King's March On Ballot Boxes

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tucked away in the archives of the University of South Carolina is a video clip of a rousing King speech.

Comment

Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When news organizations make fun of the news, it can be funny — or not.

Comment

Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

Comment

Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.

Comment

It's Not a Junk Drawer. It's An Archive Of An Interesting Life

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When spring emerges, it's time to clean, but one place might get a pass: the junk drawer. Consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow says maybe that's OK.

Comment

Patent Sketch Appears To Resolves Toilet Roll Tensions

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How do you hang your toilet paper? Over or under? Well, as NPR's Scott Simon points out, the debate is over: The original patent shows clearly how your roll should look.

Comment

Morning Edition

It's A Party, Dude!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seattle area resident Joey DiJulio somehow got on an email chain for a bachelor party. But he didn't know the groom, who lives in Philadelphia. The groom decided to invite him anyway and he accepted.

Comment

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible; it participated in otherwise polite society.

Comment

Morning Edition

Ending The Over-Under Debate On Toilet Paper

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Journalist Owen Williams thinks he's found the right way to hang toilet paper. He tweeted a picture of the first TP patent. The drawings, from 1891, show the paper clearly hanging over the roll.

Comment

Ikea To 32,000 People: No Hide-And-Seek At Our Stores

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The company brought the hammer down at its locations in the Netherlands, after more than 32,000 people signed up via Facebook to play at a store in Eindhoven.

Comment

7 Creative Wedding Ideas From History

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Couples nowadays are tying the knot in original ways — like some pioneering newlyweds in America's past.

Comment