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January 31, 2009
Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during
the campaign and is tracking their progress on the Obameter.
January 30, 2009
Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You
In studies of what is called the hygiene hypothesis, researchers are concluding
that organisms like the millions of bacteria, viruses and especially worms
that enter the body along with “dirt” spur the development
of a healthy immune system.
January 29, 2009
amazing year: 52 adventures
Lonely Planet's Travel Editor Tom Hall has been searching high and low
for the most awe-inspiring places to visit throughout the year.
January 28, 2009
Sicily's macabre mummies offer lessons about life.
January 27, 2009
Dumbest Criminals of the 21st Century
January 26, 2009
on the Edge: 5 Clifftop Towns
January 25, 2009
They are everywhere around us, but sometimes we don't take the time to
look up and see them! Here is a presentation of the slightly bizarre world
of the weather vane.
January 24, 2009
How to Avoid
Looking Like an American Tourist
As an American traveling in a foreign country, the last thing you want
to do is stand out like a sore thumb. Not only do you have a greater chance
of getting sucked into tourist traps, but you’re also a more obvious
target for getting mugged or even kidnapped. So, are you aware of the
things you do, say, and wear that make you look like the stereotypical
January 23, 2009
Oldest Christian Church?
Lying underneath Saint Georgeous Church in Rihab, Mafraq, is what archaeologists
describe as the first Christian church in the world.
January 22, 2009
On May 7, 1789, one week after the Inauguration of George Washington in
New York City, sponsors held a ball to honor the new President. It was
not until 1809, however, after the Inauguration of James Madison at the
Capitol in Washington, D.C., that the tradition of the Inaugural ball
January 21, 2009
Portrait of Change - Nation’s Many Faces in Extended First Family
When President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, he was surrounded
by an extended clan that would have shocked past generations of Americans
and instantly redrew the image of a first family for future ones.
January 20, 2009
Inauguration: The Price of the Party
The cost of the inauguration festivities is expected to cost between $40-50
million, with $1.24 million coming from federal appropriations, according
to a spokesperson of the joint congressional committee on inauguration.
January 19, 2009
Inaugural Committee (PIC)
Site features an inaugural events schedule (starting with a "welcome"
event at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009), press releases, and
a blog, covering topics such as a Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and participants
in the inaugural parade.
January 18, 2009
Obama's Inauguration Day lunch menu
Recipes and wines for all the dishes served at Obama's first official
meal as President of the USA.
January 17, 2009
of United States - Presidential pets
This is a list of pets belonging to various US Presidents and their families,
while serving their term(s) in office.
January 16, 2009
The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Seedless, sexless bananas evolved from a wild inedible fruit first cultivated
in Southeast Asia, and was probably the apple that got Adam and Eve in
trouble in the Garden of Eden.
blog and website for Dan Koeppel
January 15, 2009
Find and connect with local businesses for free from your phone.
January 14, 2009
Extraordinary 2008 Purchases by (Apparently) Extremely Rich Collectors
It seems that for some people cost is just not an issue, and they actually
made some pretty extravagant purchases in the year 2008, most of them
turning out to be pretty expensive investments as well…
January 13, 2009
Kevin Bauman Photography
January 12, 2009
may be more racist than you think, study says
A new study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests many people
unconsciously harbor racist attitudes, even though they see themselves
as tolerant and egalitarian.
January 11, 2009
Places to Go in ’09
From the Aegean Sea to Zambia, this year’s most compelling destinations
are awash in sublime landscapes, cutting-edge art, gala music festivals,
and stylish new resorts.
January 10, 2009
Done in by Competition, Not Climate
Climate change has become the default scapegoat for nearly every extinction
on Earth lately. But a new study lets climate off the hook for at least
one dramatic event: The disappearance of the Neanderthals from Europe
about 35,000 years ago.
January 9, 2009
Study: Autism Linked to Environment
Research links soaring incidence of the mysterious neurological disorder
to fetal and infant exposure to pesticides, viruses, household chemicals.
January 8, 2009
January Went from No. 11 to No. 1
January wasn’t always the first month of the year. In Roman days,
it used to be the 11th month.
January 7, 2009
Inaugurations: Invitations and Tickets in the U.S. Senate Collection
Images of historical invitations and tickets for inaugurations of the
president and vice president of the United States. Includes material back
to the 1925 inauguration of Calvin Coolidge and Charles Dawes.
January 6, 2009
Obama Got Elected
Sarah Palin speaks out on on how the news media impacted the 2008 election.
January 5, 2009
Scoop on Poop
Everything you probably never wanted to know ...
January 4, 2009
Study: Poor Kids Lack Brain Development
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have shown for the first
time that the brains of low-income children function differently from
the brains of high-income kids. In short, they don't perform as well.
January 3, 2009
Jesus a common name at the beginning of the first century?
Bonus Explainer: What was Jesus' last name?
January 2, 2009
and their cats
and their cats, part two
Great collection of vintage photos of celebrities with their cats.
January 1, 2009
a Phillips is not a Phillips! - The history of screws
Around the first century, screw shaped tools became common, however, historians
do not know who invented the first. Early screws were made from wood and
were used in wine presses, olive oil presses, and for pressing clothes.