Jail Bail Fail

Warrior Run, Pennsylvania was piloting an open prison concept before it was cool: Breaking out of jail at Warrior Run to engage a lawyer to defend them at their trial, Joseph Widemsky and John Prolesky made a new record in escapes. After getting out by prying open the bars on their cell door and squeezing Read More

A Neigh in the Life

Ever since humans domesticated horses thousands of years ago, they’ve been our faithful companions, pulling our carriages, plowing our fields and kindly not throwing off small children placed on their backs for photo ops (thanks, Oreo!). However, it’s not all work and no horseplay. If the early 20th-century newspapers are to be believed, horses were Read More

Say Ahhh

An estimated 3% of the population suffers from dentophobia, a crippling fear of going to the dentist. Given some of the instruments pictured below, it’s not hard to see why. However, if you want a sparking smile, regular visits to the dentist are a necessary evil. Since the always accurate internet declares that today is Read More

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market,This little piggy stayed home,This little piggy had roast beef,This little piggy had none,This little piggy cried “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home. I surely was not the only child whose toes transformed into little pigs going mundane places and doing mundane things. Fortunately, the pigs that featured in Read More

How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest

We’ve all been there: the guy sitting next to you on the bus isn’t wearing deodorant; you’re rushing to check out at the store, but there’s a Karen in front of you; or my personal hell, someone is walking too slowly on the sidewalk ahead of you. Who you gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters—you’ll have Read More

Just Like Us, Part 2

Do you ever stare at your boring bread box, your insipid ice cream or your uninteresting underwear and wistfully wonder how the other half lives? Wonder no more: the truth is, the experiences of the rich and famous are just as commonplace as yours and mine. If you couldn’t get enough of celebrities being ordinary Read More

Just Like Us, Part 1

“Stars—They’re Just Like Us!” Long before tabloid magazines started catching the rich and famous eating sandwiches and getting haircuts, the newspapers of yesteryear were already following them around. In an era when celebrity culture was just taking off, the subjects of these hard-hitting exposés were more often than not European royalty. It turns out they Read More

Mind Your Manners

“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals,” the politician Horace Mann is said to have declared. While the stories below suggest otherwise, there’s no denying that good manners can make all the difference in just about any situation. If you follow the etiquette you (hopefully) learned in preschool, you’ll go far—into the judicial system, that Read More

The Un-Odyssey

What would’ve happened if, after the Trojan War, Odysseus had simply given up and not made the long, perilous journey home? The answer might lie in an anecdote from Scotland. . . Some short time ago, in one of the villages on the Firth of Forth, lived a lady whose husband had long before gone Read More

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