Monthly Archive: February 2012

David Koresh and the Waco Siege

 Federal agents tried to enter the compound of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians on February 28, 1993. A shootout left 10 people dead and began a 51-day siege.

Black History Month: Mae C. Jemison

 Mae Jemison is not exactly a famous name. But she was the first black woman in outer space. Think about how tough you have to be for that.

Jeremy Lin as a Lad

What was NBA phenom Jeremy Lin like in the Palo Alto years? “Rail-thin” and determined.

Some Drawings of Some Presidents

I found some drawings of U.S. presidents in the neighborhood. How about a little presidential trivia to go along with them?

Old Photos of John Glenn

From the archives of LIFE magazine, rare photos of John Glenn.

A Tower of Lincoln Books

 Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. is where Abe Lincoln got shot in the head. Their Center for Education and Leadership is now open to the public and features a tower made of books about Lincoln.

Movie Ads from 1990s Comic Books

Here’s a small gallery of scans from the backs of comic books from the 1990s. Today’s special is “buddy movies.”

Black History Month: W.E.B. Du Bois

 Meet prolific writer and editor William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He had a topsy-turvey relationship with the NAACP, he was tried for being a foreign agent and he died in Africa.

Jeremy Lin Biography: New!

Feel the “Linsanity” with our new profile of NBA star Jeremy Lin.

The World’s Most Expensive Painting

The world’s most expensive painting is The Card Players, by Paul Cézanne. It sold in late 2011 for an estimated $250 million.

Literal Titles for Dr. Seuss Books

Good old Dr. Seuss did tend to write “message” books in his later years. What if he’d put the messages right on the cover?

Is God Necessary?

Writer (and atheist) Kenan Malik asks a roomful of theology students: “Who Needs God?”

60 Years as The Queen

 Queen Elizabeth II was in Kenya when she found out her father King George VI had died. That was 60 years ago, and 2012 brings her Diamond Jubilee. 

Black History: Odetta

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve added another activist-entertainer to our files: Odetta, the folk singer who came to fame in the 1960s for her powerful voice in protest songs.

Tom Brady Likes New Socks

 Truer words were never spoken by any philosopher: “I love new socks.”

The Vampire Novel of the Century

 What’s the most influential vampire novel from the last 100 years? The Horror Writers of America have narrowed it down to six nominees. Hint: Twilight isn’t one of them.

Does Mitt Overdo It?

Mitt Romney is trying to seem more warm and friendly with voters. But is he trying too hard?